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ENRICH-0552 – Nat/Sci: Black Holes and Cosmology (ENRICH-0552_HOLE)

Black Holes, Space, Time and Cosmology: From the Big Bang to Today

Right from the start, when scientists first imagined them, black holes have been leaving big question marks in their wake throughout the universe. Yes, you’ve heard of black holes, but how much do you really understand them? Join scientist Paul Hemenway as he examines gravity in the cosmos in order to shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding these complex yet fascinating objects. Start by exploring the basic ideas and experiments that led to our current understanding—and misunderstanding—of space, time, matter and energy. Then, delve into the oddities of black hole physics as we currently understand them. Examine the history of the ideas behind black hole theory and how scientists have observed, tracked and recorded them. Discover the recent developments informing future theory and observation. Next, explore how gravitational wave astronomy works and what it reveals about mergers between black holes and neutron stars observed since the first detection of those waves in 2015. Tackle some of the deepest puzzles of physics and astronomy, not least of which is the not-fully-understood relationship between general relativity and quantum mechanics. Finally, examine the evidence that points to how our universe started along with some interpretations of that evidence and why some scientists now believe multiple universes exist. This is spellbinding science at its best.

Four Zoom sessions
Mon., Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2021, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Paul Hemenway was a member of the Astrometry Science Team of the Hubble Space Telescope and worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on the astronomical aspects of the Gravity Probe B mission. He contributes regularly for University of Denver’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 14Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday1st November 202122nd November 202106:30PM - 08:30PMN/APaul Hemenway