Physicist Brian Miller and host Eric Anderson explore a recent conversation between physicists Jeremy England and Paul Davies.
This is not a question of scale — even if the “chemist’s flask” were the entire Earth.
So there’s this absented-minded philosopher of science walking down the street, head in the clouds, not looking where he’s going.
They stop reactions at optimal times, and scan through products of their reactions with high-tech equipment to find trace amounts of the product they seek.
In the time of the early Earth, Airgas, the supplier from which the researchers obtained their materials, was not around.