Exposing PseudoAstronomy

March 1, 2012

Podcast Episode 25 – The Magnetic Pole Shift

For the third episode written and recorded in 10 days, we finish off the idea of pole shifts started in February with the magnetic pole shift. And that is it. Puzzler for this time is based on last episode, not this one.


  1. … so where is it?

    Comment by David Gerard — March 1, 2012 @ 2:44 am | Reply

    • Link added. You folks should be subscribing and know where the downloads are. 😉

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — March 1, 2012 @ 2:46 am | Reply

  2. The Currie Point is named after Pierre Curie who discovered it in 1895 [1]. He was Madame Curie’s husband and did indeed share the first [2] (the third ever awarded!) of her two Nobel prices together with Antoine Henri Becquerel. Pierre was run over by a horse drawn tram and killed in Paris on April 19, 1906.

    Marie Curie won a second Nobel Price in 1911 [3] in chemistry.

    Her and Piere’s daughter Irene, married Frederic Joliot and they won another Nobel price in chemistry in 1935 [4].

    Their younger daughter Eve, married the American diplomat H. R. Labouisse. They have both taken lively interest in social problems, and as Director of the United Nations’ Children’s Fund he received on its behalf the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 1965 [5] making them the first extended family with the four Nobel prices.

    Marie Curie died on July5’th 1934 [6] probably from Aplastic anemia.

    [1] http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/146902/Curie-point
    [2] Antoine Henri Becquerel, Pierre Curie, Marie Curie, née Sklodowska http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1903/
    [3] http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1911/
    [4] http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1935/
    [5] http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1903/pierre-curie-bio.html
    [6] “Marie Curie: Honesty In Science” –by By Carl Rollyson, page 25, isbn:0595340598

    Comment by Johanâ„¢ Strandberg — March 2, 2012 @ 12:39 am | Reply

    • Ah, sorry, I got the Curies mixed up.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — March 2, 2012 @ 6:13 am | Reply

      • Reading through it, I realized I hadn’t thanked you for an outstanding podcast. It is absolutely in the top of my podcast list together with 2 or 3 others that share the rank. My son (11) is also fascinated by it, and your competition there is with Skeptics with a K and Skeptoid.com (and the Red Panda).

        So, hang in there, you are building a solid foundation for a major podcast.


        PS BTW, I normally do not (i.e., never) provide footnotes to my corrections, but I figured you would appreciate a correction backed up by fact and just not another opinion. It was good I did it too, because I was under the impression that Pierre Currie got a Nobel price for the discovery of the currie point.

        Besides, unless one understnad the history, it is kind of weird to have an ISO unit “Currie” and a physical phenomenon “The Currie Point” that has nothing to do with each other what so ever. Luckily the family kept it down to 4 Nobel prices and one discovery of a major physical phenomenon, or it could have been really confusing. You don’t want your vocabulary overloaded too much.

        Comment by Johanâ„¢ Strandberg — March 3, 2012 @ 7:06 am

  3. Thanks, Johan, for both the feedback and the appreciation.

    Comment by Stuart Robbins — March 5, 2012 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

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