Ask A Genius 170 – Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (Part 5)

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Ask A Genius 170 – Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (Part 5)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

May 17, 2017

[Beginning of recorded material]

Rick Rosner: The singularity is one of the problems that you run into. It is a problem because you have all of the matter collpsing into a black hole, into a single point, and so the math falls apart.

But if you hang quantum mechanics on it, the smallest possible point is fizzed out at the Planck radius or diameter, or scale, and there’s also a minimum Planck time. Upon which, everything is foam and fuzz.

But there are techniques for dancing around and not getting messed up. Though those techniques themselves may not be the ultimate right answer to what is going on. But it is a reasonable thing to think that infinities are almost always dangerous.

You can avoid them. There might be a healthier theory.

[End of recorded material]




Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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