In this lecture, Marcia Bartusiak talks about our past and present understanding of the fascinating phenomena of black holes.
For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in a heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes – not even light – seemed to confound all logic. Marcia Bartusiak presents her new book, “Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved.” This engrossing book tells the story of the fierce black hole debates and the contributions of Einstein, Hawking, and other leading thinkers who completely altered our view of the cosmos.
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