Our Deceptive Universe – Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi
The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Inside Science Series
Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. As part of our Smithsonian Associates Inside Science Interview Series, we are talking to Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, about his amazing life as an astrophysicist, cosmologist, inventor, educator, science communicator, actor, and author of the new book, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars
You’re going to love this interview, and Dr. Oluseyi’s book is amazing.
Before Einstein published his theory of special relativity, Isaac Newton’s view from centuries earlier was accepted as fact: that we live in a “clockwork universe” where time and space are constant. What Einstein first imagined, and what quantum physics later formulated, is the possibility that we operate in a multiverse—potentially an infinity of universes where different versions of our lives are playing out in ways both imaginable and unimaginable.
Our guest today, astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi dives into this mystery—and why the universe we perceive is not the universe that actually exists. In trying to understand our deceptive universe, he examines spacetime, the illusion of mass, the large-scale structure of the universe, dark matter, and dark energy. But, please don’t let the ‘quantum physics’ element here sound too deep because Dr Oluseyi explains the ideas with simple ease so all of us can understand, plus we talk about Dr. Oluseyi coming of age life, overcoming obstacles…crime, poverty, addiction, and work as a janitor, all to succeed beyond expectations.
Including the fact that Dr.Oluseyi recently served as the space science education leaders in the Space Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he provided strategic leadership and management for the directorate’s investments in science education and communications.
Please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show, Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi.
Hakeem’s new book, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars (Ballantine Books) is available for purchase at Apple Books.
Find out more about Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi’s upcoming Smithsonian Associates presentation HERE: