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April 29, 2009
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Black Holes

Konneker Distinguished Professor of Physics

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

Shortly after the turn of the century, Einstein formulated a new theory of gravity, which replaced Newton's theory. Einstein's theory is more mathematical and abstract than Newton's because it explains gravitational forces as being due to the curvature of space, but it appears to be a correct theory, while Newton's theory is wrong! One of the direct predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity is the existence of black holes, which are topological structures having remarkable properties. Some of these proprerties will be described.

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

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For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-5285