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A Planetary Pulse of Connection: Exploring the Ocean, Science, and Beyond
with Helen Czerski

HELEN CZERSKI is a physicist with a background in bubbles and experimental explosives. Her books The Blue Machine: How the Ocean Works and Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life are incredible explorations of looking at the processes of how things that we often don’t truly see in our daily lives are deeply affecting us. In this episode, we tease at some bigger themes around how to ask questions and leverage our own curiosity, what it means to find perspective, and how we might begin as a culture to look at our participation in the interconnected web of life with a different lens. We also touch on the ocean engine and how it’s time to ask ourselves what the blue in this “blue marble” really means and look at it in depth. This conversation barely touches the tip of the iceberg of Helen’s work, but hopefully it will serve as a door of curiosity for you to explore her books on your own. Helen shares insights on the importance of curiosity, the humility needed to understand natural processes, and the vital role of the ocean in history, culture, geology, ecology, and the nutrient cycles of this world. 



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Find Helen:

The Blue Machine: How the Ocean Works

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life


Rare Earth Podcast/Radio Show

Instagram: @helen_czerski

X: @helenczerski

Resources Mentioned:

Wasteland by Oliver Franklin Wallis

The Curious Mr. Feynman

Cosmic Shambles

The Spillhaus Projection

Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner

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