The Next Big Thing
Over the past decade, we have made enormous leaps forward in science. Is it is possible to predict future developments, looking at history and the current state of affairs? Which way will it go?
An interdisciplinary series in which prominent scientists give a glimpse of the future of science
The podcast series The Next Big Thing is based on lectures from the IIS elective course The Next Big Thing, in which prominent scientists from various disciplines give a glimpse of the future of science.
In the podcast series you can hear Rens Bod on patterns and principles in science, Gianfranco Bertone on cosmology, Inger Leemans on history, Marcel Worring on artificial intelligence and Marcel Levi on medicine, Cyriel Pennartz on neuroscience, Amade M'Charek on anthropology and Heleen de Coninck on climate science. In the concluding lecture, Rens Bod talks about the usefulness of failed knowledge.
The Big History Podcast
The Big History Podcast will take you on a journey through all known history, from the Big Bang to today. An interdisciplinary group of professors from the University of Amsterdam and beyond will guide you through that history.
How did our universe originate? How did Earth and life emerge and evolve together? And how did we become human, started to live in increasingly complex societies and turned into beings that are impacting our entire planet?
The Big History Podcast will not just give you a broad overview of these developments; it will also zoom in on some of the latest scientific and scholarly insights that are important for big history and for understanding the role that we play in that story.