Season 2, Episode 2 - The Great Voids

Release Date: 18 May 2014

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Exploring the Fermi Paradox in the local Solar Neighborhood with Dr. Daniel Cartin.

Daniel Cartin Bio

Daniel Cartin is a physics instructor at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI. He graduated with a PhD in physics from Penn State, where he worked in what is now called the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. He has also obtained a master’s degree from the US Naval War College.

His research has explored a wide array of topics, including quantum gravity and cosmology, the Lanchester salvo equations for combat between two sides, and issues dealing with the exploration of the local solar neighborhood (both by our own civilization and by hypothetical extraterrestrials). He enjoys running and playing ultimate frisbee, has visited every public library in Rhode Island, and currently lives in Middletown, RI with his daughter and author wife.



The Science

Interview with Geoffrey Landis - Season 1, Episode 2.

Geoffrey Landis, The Fermi Paradox: An Approach Based On Percolation Theory.

Daniel Cartin, Quantifying the Fermi Paradox in the Local Solar Neighborhood

Daniel Cartin, On the Maximum Sufficient Range of Interstellar Vessels

The Jaws of Darkness

Season 1, Episode 9 - Fermi Paradox, part 2

Seth Shostak on the Last Term in the Drake Equation (starting at page 399)


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Season 2 Episode 2 Script

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