Ask A Theoretical Physicist About What Goes On In Black Holes!

Chris Adami, a theoretical physicist and computational biologist, is here today to take our questions about what goes on in black holes, information theory, and his proposed solution to the black hole information paradox posed by Stephen Hawking.

Adami is a professor of both Physics & Astronomy and of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. He recently published a paper in Classical and Quantum Gravity looking at the question of what happens to information consumed by black holes — and how that information could continue to exist, even as the black hole itself was swallowed up by Hawking radiation and eventually evaporated.

Adami also specializes in studying Darwinian evolution — especially how information theory can be applied to it. He designed "Avida", a digital life software system that uses mutating and adapting computer viruses as a tool for investigating basic questions in evolutionary biology in a controlled environment. In addition to his work in the university, he was a principal scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Adami will be joining us from 11 - noon (PST), so start asking him your questions now about his new paper, black holes, quantum information theory, and simulations of digital life. He'll be answering as many as he can while he's here.

Image: Artist's conception of black hole / April Hobart, CXC