Every weekend CUIP's president Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from Bonus, Bubbles and Bangs, their dialogues compiled on Sunday, March 22, 2009 after watching selections from "Hardball with Chris Matthews," two Charlie Rose interviews and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Newman: But the truly esoteric, cutting edge stuff, in my opinion - and I might just not know what's going on in every field - is in cosmology.
Salit: And what are the questions that those scientists are asking?
Newman: The questions that we asked as children, basically. How did the universe begin? How did it all get started? How do you go from nothing to something?