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Einstein’s Universe: From Black Holes to the Big Bang

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Jefferson Market Library

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Mondays April 16, 23 and 30 at 6 pm

According to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, gravity is not a force - it is the curvature of spacetime created by mass and energy. Einstein’s theory predicts the existence of ultra-dense objects known as black holes. When two holes merge, ripples in spacetime are produced and spread across the universe. The LIGO observatory recently detected these gravity waves from a black hole merger that took place hundreds of millions of years ago and hundreds of millions of lightyears from Earth, providing direct confirmation of this literally mind-bending phenomenon.

This three-session course will serve as a gentle introduction to general relativity, black holes, and gravity waves. In the final session we will apply what we have learned to the universe as a whole, and discuss the expansion of space and the Big Bang singularity.

April 16, session 1: From apples to elevators to curved spacetime

April 23, session 2: Stars, black holes, and gravity waves

April 30, session 3: The expanding universe, and how it all started

Presented in the first floor Willa Cather Community Room. All courses are free and open to the public.

The Professor: Matthew Kleban is a theoretical physicist with interests that range from elementary particle physics to string theory to theoretical cosmology. He received his Ph.D from Stanford University in 2003, was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ for three years, and moved to New York University as a faculty member in 2006.



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