Reviews For podcast (en) – omega tau science & engineering podcast

The title sums it up (and it mentioned halfway through episode 241): if you're the right type of listener, you'll probably enjoy this show. I've had a hard time finding technical engineering/physics audio to listen and learn from, but omega tau nails it!

5/5

By Aeroxem
I am an aerospace engineer. This podcast is exactly what I was looking for. All the subjects are things I am truly interested in. There are also subtle nerdy jokes. Love the podcast.
Omega Tau consistently delivers high-quality interviews with leading science and engineering researchers and practitioners. Markus does quite a bit of research before each podcast, resulting in fluid and interesting interviews. This podcast is not simplified popular science, it attempts to engage with the material at a high enough level to understand the subtlety of the topic. As such, it may be helpful to have Wikipedia handy for some of the shows if you are less familiar with the subject. This is probably the most well-done science and engineering podcast out there.
A consistently superb production. Wide range of engineering topics including my favorite avionics and flying in general.
A wide variety of interesting topics. Well done.

5/5

Thanks for these technical episodes. Good improvement of interviewing style over the years. Less interrupting, better questions, less music. Thanks!
One of my favorite podcast. I very much appreciate the straight forward approach and insightful interview questions. Thank you for your excellent work.
The places that the podcast goes, disordered systems, LHC and background on the standard model for that, analog computers, as well as space flight, and high points of engineering, these places, the people interviewed, it makes for an experience that you want to focus on, go back to, think through. I am very grateful to Markus for crafting these episodes, thank you.
I have been listening to this podcast for a few years now and must say that it is one of the most consistent podcasts for in-depth conversations regarding topics in science in engineering. Markus does a great job in bringing knowledgeable people to the audience. From listening to the podcasts, it is clear that Markus works hard to research the topic and bring relevant questions. I especially like that the podcast tackles a variety of topics including particle physics, mathematics, space flight, biology, … One aspect that I find particularly unique about the podcast is that it often discusses the engineering challenges and accomplishments that are required so that this wonderful science can be discussed. I look forward to listening for many years to come!
I learn so much from this podcast from finding neutrinos to landing on aircraft carriers to analog computers. I really enjoy it. Thanks Markus!
Extremely interesting and well produced podcast focused on science, technology and engineering. I love the degree of depth that each interview is given. I especially love the space and aviation topics.
This is a must-listen for anyone interested in science and engineering. There is very little content of this quality in the podcast world when it comes to the sciences. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
I have looked for a podcast of this type for months and am glad to have found it. The topics are wide-ranging and engaging for those interested in various aspects of science and technology. There are some great podcasts on aviation, space, and atomic physics, for instance. Interviews are interesting and two-sided conversations rather than monologues; the interviewer never lets the guest speak too much before jumping in with a comment or another question. On a side note, as an American that has tried to learn two other languages, I must say that I am extremely impressed with the high level of conversational and technical fluency his guests have, though most are not native English speakers.
So good it makes me want to brush up on my high school German so I can listen to the non-English episodes. If you enjoy science and engineering this podcast is should be at the top of your list.
Details, Details, Details. That’s what I want! This podcast does it better than any other. I recently “discovered” this podcast, and I devoured all the older ones as soon as possible. This became my favorite podcast because it involves detailed information on theory followed by implementation often on the site itself. A definite winner that will always be at the top of my first to listen to podcasts.
Really well done podcast. Interviewer knows and prepares for the interviews as well as one can imagine. Extremely probing questioning, and the content itself is cutting edge. I am also very impressed by all the guests who are experts in their fields. Their presentation of the material is so well done, with just enough technical info so they don't lose the audience. I'll be sharing this podcast with many of my friends and family.
I heard about this podcast in passing in the Mostly Erlang podcast, under the context of something like “if you like science and math, you’ll like this podcast.” The topic of discussion was the standardization of shipping containers. I thought to myself, how could anyone talk for ~ an hour about shipping containers. Well, Markus doesn’t talk for an hour… he talks for 2+! And no, not a second of it was boring or uninformative. This podcast is fantastic, it’s well organized, the speakers they get are really great and are professionals in the industry, and they are always careful to explain industry jargon or, at worst, make a note out loud of when jargon might be used. The only thing that is not as good is that some of the older podcasts have music interruptions. They ceased doing this in more recent podcasts. The music wasn’t bad, but sometimes you want to listen to the talk and it’s hard to slide the little slider past the music while driving. But if listening to some tunes for a few minutes is the worst case… then obviously the whole thing is pretty darn good!
Markus has a great sense of humor and a nice way if keeping the guests interesting. Love it.
This podcast has remarkable content value per episode if compared to other science related options. You don't get a download every week (it seems) but when one is released the guy has clearly spent time making sure he asks deeper questions. You cannot expect to listen to this podcast while reading or multitasking something else too heavily or you're not going to enjoy it fully.
Markus Volter Does it again with a great 2 part on the Space Shuttle. Keep it up Markus. I am looking for a Naval Aviator for you to interview. Would love to hear an episode on sailplane folks who are working on diamonds and other records.
Markus Volter is a terrific interviewer--he's courteous, the questions are thoughtful, and at the end of the podcast the interviews feel complete. His perspective as a glider pilot really informs the 3 podcasts I've listened to so far: SR-71, U-2, and the Concordia sailplane. I've loaded up the iPod more episodes, both aviation-related and non-aviation, and I'm looking forward to listening to them. I've enjoyed these podcasts in English so much that I wish I was fluent in German to listen and understand the podcasts he's recorded in German. If you're interested in aviation, engineering, and science, subscribe to this podcast.

5/5

This show rocks! So much great content. I recommend this to anyone who is even slightly curious about the cool things in the world.
I love this podcast. It'a full of incredibly fun information. A must listen for anyone interested in sciences.
I am currently a student doing cancer research, and I listen to the podcast during the more monotonous aspects of my work. My specialty is in the biological sciences, but I love Markus's podcasts because they cover topics that I didn't even know I was interested in. I'm even considering brushing up on my German so I can listen to the rest of his podcasts!
I don't remember how I found this podcast, I just know that it sat on my iPod for awhile before I got around to listening. I am glad I did, this one of the best podcasts I have ever heard.
Great show that is extremely factual, but entertaining simultaneously. Loved the bit on The Standard Model and other particle physics topics.
Finally a tech podcast that focuses on the details.
There are a lot of science and technology websites, but many are geared toward the "average layperson." This podcast is meant for people who are curious about science and technology and want in-depth, technical coverage of topics. Markus asks insightful questions that are clearly the result of his thorough preparation for each interview, and each interview is conducted with a world's expert in the field. I'm all about Omega Tau.
This podcast is a technical view of subjects. Each podcast gives u a wonderfully technical view of each subject. This is not done at a beginners level.
I just started listening about 1 month ago and I really enjoy the content, the level of the discussion and how Markus works with the guests. I am not looking for phd level discussions on the topics but I am beyond a beginner. These podcasts fearlessly dive into varied topics with somewhat the same geeky interest that I have in areas beyond my work. It is also often interesting when Markus takes a topic like the SR71, the ISS, LHC / CERN ... etc and doesn't just get into the usual headline surface story on these areas. This gets into the engineering, how it flies or how they solved some problem. Good job. I'm going through your back catalog.
I love Omega Tau: it's long, it's technical, it's dense. Markus and Nora have covered a great range of topics in fearless detail. Stupendous work!
Just discovered this recently, long may it continue.
On Omega Tau, Marcus simply finds the worlds best and greatest in science and and engineering, and interviews the scientist and researchers, asking the right questions. It is refreshing, not a one sided PowerPoint presentation style, but a in depth interview of lead researchers.
I literally stumbled upon this while looking at elementary fractals sites.. so I am probably predisposed to geek porn as this has been called. It is really really good quality, and aimed at curious people who rather than a fear of science, have a love for science and its boundaries. It really should be more widely exposed! Great work Markus, and please know you are greatly appreciated. (In my mind this is as unique as Kahn Academy, which many of you may know which originated from one engineer/PhD and has been supported and funded by the Gates foundation.)
I am always waiting for the next show. This podcast has an in depth analysis of science and engineering subjects.
Really in-depth looks onto some favorite topics such as spaceflight, the LHC, computer hardware, & fusion energy. Makes these topics accessible. Thanks Markus.
Having a very tedious job, I listen to quite a few (~30) podcasts on a regular basis. OmegaTau is by far the best one. The topics are fascinating and are covered in extensive detail; Markus asks insightful questions and the episodes are long enough to explore the more complicated aspects of the subject at hand. I like OmegaTau so much that I downloaded and installed iTunes, software that I despise, just so I could leave this review.
I love this podcast! I am a mechanical engineer and I thorougly enjoy the detailed questions and discussion that Markus has with all of his guests. I happy to give you 5 stars because you deserve it! Keep up the good work.
I must say that these highly informative and detailed interviews are captivating. They are made for the average person with a curious mind who perhaps didn't have the interest, or intelligence to comprehend calculous and physics. Vitto was fantastic. Felix was brilliant, and its all possible thanks to a most talented interviewer, Markus, who stands between the Gods of theoretical physics and the common man/woman. thanks for all your attendance to detail; you are a wonderful host. I wonder if you, Markus are related to the great discoverer of Volts?
I'm so glad I discovered omega tau. This is how you do a science podcast. If you enjoy science or engineering, you should subscribe immediately! Thank you Markus and Nora!
I was a fan of Markus V's other podcast - "Software Engineering Radio" and tried Omega Tao for fun. I am very happy with the time spent listening. Markus has very knowledgable guests and interviews well. It is clear that he also has the respect of the scientists and other domain experts on his podcast . The podcasts cover science and technology fields (for the most part) and do so by going beyond artificial surface topics and cover some interesting ground. It is a great show for technology-minded people or people who wish to learn more than superficial information about a variety of topics.

5/5

Great podcast!
As I am slowly working my way through the omega tau podcasts, I am totaly blown away by the quality and depth of the content. This feeds my inner geek to no end. I am trying to convince everyone I know to listen to this. My most favourite podcast period. Thank you Markus.
Have been a fan of both Software Engineering Radio and Omega Tau. Marcus does a great job of selecting guests and asking the right kinds of questions. If you are interested in science and engineering this will take you places that no other podcast does. The episode on the SR-71 is a great example of the quality of information that is available. It cleared away many popular misconceptions about the airplane and let you know what flying the airplane was really like. Fascinating! Keep up the good work.
This cool podcast is made up of extended interviews (usually 1-2 hours) with experts in interesting technical fields, such as aeronautics. The podcast is great because the topics are really interesting, and it assumes the listener is intelligent but not expert in the area, so it covers a lot of ground without being pedantic. It is kind of aimed at geeks, but not too much. You just need to be kind of interested in rockets and airplanes and that kind of thing to enjoy it. A typical episode would be #73, which interviews a real US Navy test pilot who talks about the technical challenges of piloting cutting-edge aircraft as well has his current work flying difficult atmosphere research missions for NASA.
Science and engineering explained by people who actually do the work. This is by far my favorite science podcast.
This podcast is, hands down, one of the best available on iTunes. The variety of topics covered is fantastic, and somehow, the host manages to talk about everything awesome in life (deep sea diving, sailplanes, NASA, aerial refueling and autonomous flight systems, quantum physics, the list goes on and on...) while keeping it very interesting for the listener. Also, he is able to talk to the people at the head of the fields, who actually KNOW what they're talking about. Also, I love the fact that things aren't dumbed down too much. I learn more in these podcasts than I do in class! Here's hoping he keeps it up for the future, this podcast deserves to be on the iTunes front page. Tip for those subscribing to the podcast: download ALL the past episodes as well. They are goooood.
What an amazing podcast, so full of great information on a very wide variety of subjects. I stumbled across this show while looking for more technical information on how Bitcoin worked. I downloaded all the episodes and am listening to them on my 45 minute drive to and from work. Keep the episodes coming!
Keep'em coming! Love this podcast