Extended Classic: Time Lords: The Science of Keeping Time with Chris Hardwick

Astronomical clock at the Zytglogge tower in Berne, Switzerland. Einstein lived near the Zytglogge when working at the patent office in Berne. Credit: Yann and Lupo [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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About This Episode

Now extended with 12 extra minutes of Neil, Bill Nye and Steven Soter talking about climate change in the “Cosmic Crib!”

Take a trip back in time to our classic Season 2 episode when Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomed co-hosts Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist and his trusty sidekick Matt Mira for a mind-bending journey into the science of time. You’ll hear about time-telling oysters and discover why Pope Gregory replaced the Julian calendar with his own. Chris and Matt drop a few Dr. Who references, along with some timely humor about clocks, calendars, and leaps in time. Anthony Aveni, professor of astronomy and anthropology at Colgate University, reveals whether the Mayan calendar was actually predicting the end of the world in 2012, and provides insight into how early clocks and calendars were based not only on the Moon and Sun, but also on Earth’s biology. Frank Reed, instructor of celestial navigation at Mystic Seaport, and Robert Seaman, computer programmer for the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, talk about why leap seconds are added to our fast-paced modern lives, and contemplate the future of time synchronization. From keeping Universal Time, to neutrinos that may travel faster than light, to geo-engineering the Earth into a global clock, take some time to consider how science sets the tempo of our past, present and future.

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In This Episode

  • Host

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Astrophysicist
  • Co-Host

    Chris Hardwick

    Chris Hardwick
    CEO of Nerdist Industries, Host of @midnight and AMC's Talking Dead
  • Co-Host

    person: Matthew Mira

    Matthew Mira
    The Nerdist podcast co-host, comedian
  • Guest

    Anthony Aveni

    Anthony Aveni
    The Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University
  • Guest

    Frank Reed

    Frank Reed
    Instructor of celestial navigation at Mystic Seaport
  • Guest

    Robert Seaman

    Robert Seaman
    Computer programmer, National Optical Astronomy Observatories
  • Guest

    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Bill Nye
    The Science Guy

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Episode Topics

  • Dennis McCormick-Kovacich

    I can’t believe that no one took the fact that the calendar was once based on the gestation period of cows to suggest that the word “calendar” could have been based on “cow-lander.”

  • Crystal Custalow

    This episode was great, quite humorous. Nice to listen to during a long day at work. Thanks for re-posting.

  • JMiller

    Regarding geoengineering and the effect of large scale changes such as dams and melting ice caps, what effect is the increasing population in concentrated areas like China and India having on the planet?

  • Arnold

    This was a good one… perfect balance of comedy and knowledge. Makes me wonder if a race car driver (going fast enough) can keep his youth… and how fast he would have to go to make that billion billion billionth of a second longer! or shorter… mind penetrated here. how long would he retain his youth relative to everyone else’s..

  • Vira-cocha

    My question is; does gravitational waves have any influence on the timescale we use or measements of it whatsoever?

  • C. Loop

    Any episodes without the “humor” of lowest common denominators Chuck Nice or Eugene Mirman are far more enjoyable. Those two are painful.

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