<Radio Transcript – March 26, 1984>
You’re listening to LA Transit Radio, I’m Bob Maywood and this is Science Hour, where over the next couple of weeks we’re lucky enough to be joined by two of our most prominent researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy right here at the University of Eastern Los Angeles. They are here to talk about some of the key issues and ideas in their field. As you probably already know, the School has garnered international attention for recent research work, and these two rising stars have been right at the centre of that.
This week, we’re joined by Doctor Katherine Collins, who heads up the Deep Light Radioscopy research group in the school – and if, like me, you have no idea what that means, then buckle up and get ready for a ride that is literally out of this world.
Bob Maywood: Dr. Collins, first up thanks for joining us. You’re a theoretical astrophysicist – so for our listeners who may not be scientists, can you tell us what that means?
Katherine Collins: It’s a branch of cosmology that is really concerned with things we can’t access through normal observation or experiments.
BM: Whoa there Doc! Let me get this straight, so you’re saying it’s basically all about stuff we don’t even know exists?
KC (laughs): Kind of, I guess, yeah. So there’s things in the Universe, it’s easy to see, hear, observe, record – like the moon, say, or another planet in our solar system. And from what we’ve observed, we’ve developed theories, models – the rules you’d need in order for this stuff to be what it is. From that, you can see that this other stuff must exist if you follow those rules – it’s just it’s much more difficult to observe.
BM: So it’s guesswork?
KC: Educated guesswork. Highly educated guesswork. And remember that a lot of the things we take for granted began that way. Einstein was a theorist.