Today, we contemplate the end times — as in the end of our entire universe — with astrophysicist Katie Mack.
The North Carolina State University researcher just released her first book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking).
Spoiler alert: the names of our possible ends are just as gnarly as the scenarios themselves. Mack’s book discusses many, but our discussion focuses on the following:
- Heat Death
- Big Crunch
- Vacuum Decay
Email the show your existential questions at firstname.lastname@example.org — but please, no existential dread at this time. We’re full up on that.
This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Berly McCoy.
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