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Charles Seife

Biography:

Charles Seife is a writer for Science magazine, where he covers physics and cosmology. He is the author of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea and Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe. Prior to his involvement with science journalism, he was a mathematician. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and an MS from the Yale Mathematics Department. In addition, Charles attended Columbia Journalism School and is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Past Shows:

The State of Science

Associate professor and science writer, Charles Seife, discussed the state of science including the end of the Space Shuttle program, as well as recent discoveries and theories in physics and astronomy. "Good riddance" to the Shuttle program, he said, noting that the program ate up a lot of NASA's budget ($400 million per Shuttle launch) and didn't produce that much in the way of scientific discoveries. First hour guest, constitutional lawyer specializing in food and drug law, Jonathan Emord, shared updates on new FDA regulations. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Mathematical Deceptions

Prof. Charles Seife discussed the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends. First hour guest, food safety expert Jeff Nelken commented on contamination issues, such as in the recent case of 5 deaths associated with celery tainted with Listeria. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Generations & Cycles

Historian, economist, and speaker, Neil Howe discussed his work on generations and how they shape history, as well as the twenty year cycle of crisis facing the U.S. First hour guest, science writer Charles Seife talked about different possible solutions to the BP oil spill. ... More »

Host: George Noory

CERN, Nukes, & New Science

Science writer Charles Seife discussed the implications of the recent CERN collider experiments, bizarre nuclear weapons research done by the US and Russia, the ongoing climate change debate, and fusion as an alternative energy source. In the fourth hour of the program, paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren shared his research into orbs. ... More »

Host: George Noory

CERN Experiments, Science & Fusion

Appearing for the first three hours, NYU Professor and science writer Charles Seife discussed the implications of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, as well as his forthcoming book Sun in a Bottle about fusion energy. Completed at a cost of $6 billion, the particle accelerator complex at CERN was built to a remarkable scale, with a 17-mile underground tunnel.There's a remote theoretical possibility very close to 0% that the upcoming experiment to recreate conditions around the time of the Big Bang could lead to havoc or the destruction of Earth, Seife commented. The LHC tests may reveal the presence of the Higgs boson, a heretofore theoretical particle, which could explain how mass and gravity work. A huge amount of energy has to be created in order to spot the particle, he explained. If the LHC creates a black hole, it may mean that we're reaching into another dimension-- something we've never had access to before, Seife noted, calling CERN the new fro ... More »

Host: George Noory

Science Talk with Charles Seife

Author and associate professor at NYU, Charles Seife returned for a second consecutive weekend to discuss a variety of scientific and philosophical topics, including the beginning of the universe, immortality, genetic determinism, quantum computing, teleportation, and multiverses. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Parallel Universes & Quantum Science

Author and associate Professor at NYU, Charles Seife discussed parallel universes, black holes, and quantum mechanics and how the concepts of information are in and of themselves, physically shaping the Universe. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Cosmology, Physics & Science

Writer for Science Magazine, Charles Seife, probed the mind-boggling advances that are taking us to a new understanding of the universe. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Cosmological Theories

Writer for Science Magazine, Charles Seife talked about dark energy, and the nature and end of the universe. Seife suggested we've reached a pivotal point where "the universe is losing it."According to Seife, physicists have proposed two possibilities for the end of the universe: 1) the universe will slow its expansion, then collapse in a "big crunch" or 2) the universe will continue to expand, pushed along by an anti-gravity force called dark energy. Eventually, dark energy could overcome the force of gravity and rip apart everything in the universe, Seife warned.Seife also discussed God, extra dimensions, parallel universes, as well as the Big Bang theory, which posits the universe sprang forth from an explosion that hurled matter in all directions. The existence and density of cosmic background radiation, Seife explained, is evidence that the Big Bang really happened. He said some scientists think the universe was created when two parallel "membranes" collided, sugge ... More »

Host: Art Bell

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