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Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Presents

"Black Holes" Robert Wald

5/15/18, 7:00 PM

About this event

The Second Seven Pines Public Lecture

“Black Holes"

Robert Wald

Department of Physics, University of Chicago

Abstract:
A black hole is a region where gravity is so strong that nothing---not even light---can escape. Black holes are produced by the complete gravitational collapse of massive bodies. Remarkably, although black holes are not composed of matter, they obey laws that correspond precisely to the ordinary laws of thermodynamics satisfied by ordinary matter. As Stephen Hawking discovered in his groundbreaking work, they also "emit" thermal radiation due to quantum particle creation effects. In this talk, I will describe the theory of black holes in general relativity and discuss the remarkable connection between black holes and thermodynamics.

For more information contact Janet McKernan mcps@umn.edu 612-625-6635
This event is free and open to the public. No registration or tickets required.

Event Location
  • The Swain Room, University of Minnesota McNamara Center
  • 200 Oak Street S.E., Suite 100
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA