Lex Fridman

Alexander Fridman is a professor at Drexel University and the director of the Nyheim Plasma Institute. He is one of the top plasma physicists and plasma chemists in the world. And most importantly to me, he is my dad. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

Content index:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 6:57 – Einstein and beautiful ideas in physics
  • 10:03 – Simple, powerful ideas
  • 12:57 – Falling in love with science
  • 19:45 – Gagarin and space race
  • 21:29 – Poetry
  • 29:31 – Early school days
  • 38:33 – Soviet education
  • 43:31 – A stressful experience
  • 51:49 – Childhood – memories of mom and dad
  • 54:26 – Losing dad
  • 1:02:30 – World War II
  • 1:12:21 – Soviet Union
  • 1:13:50 – Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • 1:24:18 – Theoretical physics
  • 1:26:29 – Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy
  • 1:37:34 – Meeting mom
  • 1:45:16 – Becoming a father
  • 2:06:28 – Chernobyl nuclear disaster
  • 2:17:35 – What is plasma?
  • 2:26:54 – Hot plasma and cold plasma
  • 2:31:24 – Mysteries in plasma
  • 2:36:38 – Plasma physics and plasma chemistry
  • 2:39:42 – Plasma medicine
  • 2:45:12 – Nobel prizes in plasma
  • 2:50:17 – Cold fusion
  • 2:54:16 – Journey to America
  • 2:59:43 – Nyheim Plasma Institute
  • 3:12:10 – Artificial intelligence
  • 3:21:43 – Mortality
  • 3:27:59 – Meaning of life
  • 3:35:32 – Toast