Daniel D'Orazio

Graduate Student

"The History and Future of Black Holes"

From their inception as a theoretical consequence of Einstein’s theory of general relativity in 1916, to their unambiguous detection through gravitational waves 100 years later, black holes are one of the strangest ideas that physics has granted us. This talk will explore our present day understanding of black holes. To do so we will go on two journeys: one in time, through the last 100 years of scientific history that built our understanding of black holes. Another in space and time, on a hypothetical trip to the center of a black hole. If we make it back out, we will discuss the future prospects of scientific discovery from studying these laboratories of gravity.