Once they grab you, they won’t let go!
With every new discovery, black holes get more bizarre and fascinating. They spin at mind-blowing speeds. They collide, setting off massive shock waves. They devour light and matter, and drool jets of ionized gas. They sit at the center of almost every galaxy, and they may even be responsible for the evolution of galaxies themselves.
Scientists estimate the Milky Way is home to 100 million black holes, ranging from relatively small collapsed stars to supermassive black holes that can distort space-time with their rotation. The announcement of the epic and long-sought-for detection of gravitational waves last year was accompanied by the discovery of stellar black holes more than 20 times the mass of the Sun.
In this intergalactic talk, coinciding with the release of their new book, The Little Book of Black Holes, physicists Steven Scott Gubser and Frans Pretorius explore the far-out science of black holes—from Einstein’s theory of relativity, singularities & event horizons to gravitational waves, wormholes & beyond!
Before & After
–Try our irresistible cocktail of the night, the Event Horizon
–Sway to groovitational tunes and stick around for the supermassive Q&A
–Grab a signed copy of Steve Gubser & Frans Pretorius’s new book, THE LITTLE BOOK OF BLACK HOLES
Steven Scott Gubser is professor of physics at Princeton University. He researches string theory, black holes, heavy ion collisions, condensed matter theory, and cosmology. The author of over 125 research papers in theoretical physics and The Little Book of String Theory, he was the recipient of the 2017 Simons Investigator in Physics Award.
Frans Pretorius is professor of physics at Princeton University. He researches Einstein’s theory of general relativity, gravitational wave emission from binary compact object mergers, higher dimensional black holes, and the nature of singularities. The author of over 70 research papers, he was the recipient of the 2017 New Horizons in Physics Prize.
This out-of-this-world edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, September 18, 2017, 8pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave; R to 9th St.
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!
Photo Credit (black hole): NASA/CXC/M.Weiss