Ten Things…

black_hole_phil_club_talkSo I’ve been a bit quiet as I’ve had a lot going on. This includes preparing ten interesting slides to use as props for a talk I gave this evening to the USC Philosophy Club. It was entitled “Ten Things YOU Should Know About Black Holes”. It started with the original idea by Michell in 1783 (yes, really, that early!) and ended with topics of current research (what is the fate of the singularity? What really happens at a horizon? Etc., etc…) I spoke for a while and then fielded tons of questions, and am now (I am writing a draft of this on the subway train home – uploading later) suffering from a rather broken voice due to too much talking and projection…. Gosh. But it was fun. A really engaged room of students who had so many great questions and observations. I hope that they are inspired to go and find out more about the topic.

Now it is late, but when I get home I had better start preparing my E&M class for tomorrow…


(Thanks for the photo Angela and Hao!)

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2 Responses to Ten Things…

  1. TC McKean says:

    I am one of those crazy people who have come up with a theory of the universe and so forth. I have read a lot of differing perspectives and have nothing but time to think and study on the theories and sciences in the fields of physics. [I have even been kept awake thinking about this a couple times lately]. How do I figure out the math calculations to validate these speculations? I am good at sifting out lots of information and finding a meaningful interpretation …at least to me. I just do not want to rest with this. I would like to see if it would hold up to the math, which I do not know how to formulate and start. I have only a basic college Physics course and basic calculus knowledge and live 30 plus miles from a university campus.

  2. Clifford says:

    If you want to test your ideas rigorously, there is no way around learning the mathematical language. That is the language of physics, so you will need it (or a collaborator who has those skills). So, short of getting someone to work with on it with you, put yourself through a university-level course in what you need. Study the relevant books and take the time it takes to learn it. I’ve no shortcuts to suggest since there aren’t any.