Doctor Jack’s Soapbox Seminars

Doctor Jack’s Soapbox Seminars

John C. Adler, Ph.D., as told to Bill DeSmedt

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What if the cataclysmic Tunguska explosion of 1908 was caused, not by a meteor or a comet, but by a microscopic black hole? … Well, like as not, you already know that story — the one told by Bill DeSmedt in his award-winning novel/podcast Singularity. What you may not know, though, is the story behind the story: the science behind Singularity. Surprisingly (or maybe not), you can learn a lot about primordial black holes and the Tunguska Event and black hole radiation and the Big Bang on the pages of Singularity. And you don’t have to take our word for it: some world-class physicists think so too: “Bill got the vast majority of the physics right, which is highly unusual — especially in a book that is such a good read.” — Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology and author of Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy “Singularity is an uncommonly good science thriller, quite free of the poetic license some writers take with the laws of nature in order to put together the yarn.” — Jacob D. Bekenstein, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and discoverer of black-hole entropy “As a specialist in black hole astrophysics, I would have to say that this is one of the most creative uses of primordial black-hole theory in science fiction.” — Scott A. Hughes, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Now, for the first time, the real-life counterpart of Singularity’s resident cosmologist, Doctor Jack Adler, steps up to explain what it is all these scientists are raving about, in his “Soapbox Seminars” — an informal look at the hard-core science behind the novel. PS: Doctor Jack’s got about fifteen or so of these seminars planned out so far, but that’s subject to change — and you could change it. If you’ve got a question about the science behind Singularity, send it to Jack at doctorjack@soapboxseminars.com. Jack will incorporate some of your questions into upcoming Seminars, and the all-time best question will win a hardcover copy of Singularity, signed by the author, Bill DeSmedt.
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What if the cataclysmic Tunguska explosion of 1908 was caused, not by a meteor or a comet, but by a microscopic black hole? … Well, like as not, you already know that story — the one told by Bill DeSmedt in his award-winning novel/podcast Singularity. What you may not know, though, is the story behind the story: the science behind Singularity. Surprisingly (or maybe not), you can learn a lot about primordial black holes and the Tunguska Event and black hole radiation and the Big Bang on the pages of Singularity. And you don’t have to take our word for it: some world-class physicists think so too: “Bill got the vast majority of the physics right, which is highly unusual — especially in a book that is such a good read.” — Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology and author of Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy “Singularity is an uncommonly good science thriller, quite free of the poetic license some writers take with the laws of nature in order to put together the yarn.” — Jacob D. Bekenstein, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and discoverer of black-hole entropy “As a specialist in black hole astrophysics, I would have to say that this is one of the most creative uses of primordial black-hole theory in science fiction.” — Scott A. Hughes, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Now, for the first time, the real-life counterpart of Singularity’s resident cosmologist, Doctor Jack Adler, steps up to explain what it is all these scientists are raving about, in his “Soapbox Seminars” — an informal look at the hard-core science behind the novel. PS: Doctor Jack’s got about fifteen or so of these seminars planned out so far, but that’s subject to change — and you could change it. If you’ve got a question about the science behind Singularity, send it to Jack at doctorjack@soapboxseminars.com. Jack will incorporate some of your questions into upcoming Seminars, and the all-time best question will win a hardcover copy of Singularity, signed by the author, Bill DeSmedt.
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Seminar 18 -- The Vurdala...

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Seminar 15 -- Hot Enough ...

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27 Oct 2008 | 13 mins 51 secs

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27 Oct 2008 | 13 mins 51 secs

Seminar 13 -- Hot Potato

21 Oct 2008 | 17 mins 57 secs

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21 Oct 2008 | 17 mins 57 secs

Seminar 12 -- Can't Win, ...

13 Oct 2008 | 17 mins 23 secs

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13 Oct 2008 | 17 mins 23 secs

Seminar 11 -- Where Do Ba...

06 Oct 2008 | 18 mins 31 secs

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Seminar 10 -- Before the ...

30 Sep 2008 | 17 mins 23 secs

Seminar 10 -- Before...

30 Sep 2008 | 17 mins 23 secs

Seminar 09 -- Just Say "N...

22 Sep 2008 | 16 mins 39 secs

Seminar 09 -- Just S...

22 Sep 2008 | 16 mins 39 secs

Seminar 08 -- Beyond the ...

15 Sep 2008 | 15 mins 05 secs

Seminar 08 -- Beyond...

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Seminar 07 -- A Black Hol...

07 Sep 2008 | 16 mins 26 secs

Seminar 07 -- A Blac...

07 Sep 2008 | 16 mins 26 secs

Seminar 06 -- Jackson and...

03 Aug 2008 | 18 mins 23 secs

Seminar 06 -- Jackso...

03 Aug 2008 | 18 mins 23 secs

Seminar 05 -- Two Good Ol...

28 Jul 2008 | 17 mins 20 secs

Seminar 05 -- Two Go...

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Seminar 04 -- The Lake Ch...

22 Jul 2008 | 37 mins 14 secs

Seminar 04 -- The La...

22 Jul 2008 | 37 mins 14 secs