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Arbitrary Rankings Corner: The Best of Sci-Fi

I got a fun email a few days ago from Time Out magazine. They’re asking contacting a bunch of writers, artists, and scientists including such luminaries as George R R Martin and, er, myself, and asking us for our top … Continue reading

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Bradbury, Time Travel, and Determinism

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Faye Flam wrote an interesting piece on Ray Bradbury, Time Travel, the 2nd Law, and Determinism. It’s a good read. She even quotes me! Or, you could simply wait until Monday and pick up the print version … Continue reading

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Physics problems and Engineering problems

It’s been quite a while since my last post, and I feel almost guilty that the top couple of entries (and the first things that someone coming to the page for the first time would encounter) are ridiculously technical. So … Continue reading

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Fun with networks

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about social networks, and in particular, have been thinking about the fact that among a certain demographic (liberal, educated, obsessed with pop culture from a particular era) there’s a pantheon of geeky idols. When … Continue reading

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io9

I’ve written a piece for io9. It’s “An Open Letter to the Writers and Directors of Hot Tub Time Machine”, and includes such over-the-top lines as: When Clark Duke interrupts his parents mid-coitus, he temporarily disappears from existence. Mathematical models … Continue reading

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Why are the Romulans so powerful?

Or to put another way, why are the humans so important in the Star Trek universe when we are clearly so weak compared to other species? This question was prompted by a couple of things: Star Trek is coming out … Continue reading

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Studio 360 recap

I had so much fun on Studio 360 last night. First of all, thanks to Emily Joy, Jeff, Connie, and Ellen for coming out, and thanks to Josh for practice interviews. It really put me at ease, and I think … Continue reading

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Events this week!

I’m getting very excited. Tomorrow night (Tuesday), I’ll be interviewed by WNYC’s Kurt Anderson for Studio 360. If you want to come to the taping, I’m afraid you’re SOL. The event is sold out. You can, however, listen to it … Continue reading

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A physicist answers your questions, and also makes fun of you

Yesterday, I started a facebook thread entitled “Ask Dr. Science.” My friends responded with the nagging questions about the nature of the universe that had been bothering them for a while. Some of my favorites: Q: Is it true that … Continue reading

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District 9, and other science fiction

Spoilers! Only a few short weeks ago I was riding my bike through Center City when I saw a poster in a bus stop, advising me to report any non-humans to proper authorities.  Needless to say, I was sucked in … Continue reading

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