Black Holes and Quantum Gravity

  • Speaker
  • Thomas Hartman, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell University
Date & Time


Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010 United States

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4:30 pm – Doors opens

5:00 – 6:15 PM – Lecture + Q&A

All participants are strongly encouraged to register.

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Black holes have mysterious properties that indicate that they are composed of an enormous number of microscopic parts. This has led to the idea that in quantum gravity, spacetime itself emerges from something more fundamental.

In this lecture, Thomas Hartman will describe how black holes provide a window into quantum gravity and how scientists use the ‘bootstrap’ technique to study them. This line of research leads from black hole thermodynamics to the notorious sphere packing problem in mathematics, first studied by Johannes Kepler and contemporaries four centuries ago.

To attend this in-person event, you will need to register in advance and provide:
Acceptable proof of vaccination (vaccine card/certificate, a copy or photo of vaccine card/certificate or electronic NYS Excelsior Pass or NJ Docket Pass)
Photo ID
Eventbrite ticket confirmation email with QR code
Simons Foundation Health Screening Questionnaire approval email

Entrance will not be granted without this documentation.
On-site registration will not be permitted. Walk-in entry will be denied.

About the Speaker

Hartman is an associate professor of physics at Cornell University. His research is on quantum gravity and fundamental properties of matter, spacetime, and black holes. In 2019, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work on holographic duality.

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