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Extending Einstein: Black Holes, White Holes, and Dark Energy

Sunday, September 24, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Dark energy is a mystery substance believed to drive the expansion of space. Black holes are monstrous regions endowed with such powerful gravitational pull that material relentlessly falls inward. White holes are hypothetical time-reversed versions of black holes, in which material relentlessly streams outward. Together, these ideas–ranging from confirmed to highly speculative–extend Einstein’s vision of reality and advance our understanding of fundamental physical law. Join renowned researchers to explore the wondrous implications of gravity pushed to the extreme.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Claudia de RhamPhysicist, Imperial College
Blavatnik Award

Claudia de Rham is professor of theoretical physics at Imperial College London and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She researches gravity, particle physics, and cosmology, …

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Shep DoelemanPhysicist, Harvard
Breakthrough Prize

Shep Doeleman is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Founding Director of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. He led the international team that three years ago …

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Erin KaraPhysicist, MIT
Newton Lacy Pierce Prize

Erin Kara is MIT’s Class of 1958 Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics. Her research focuses on how black holes grow and affect their environments. She also works to develop …

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Carlo RovelliPhysicist, Aix-Marseille Univ.
Bestselling Author

Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist in the field of quantum gravity and in the history and philosophy of science. He is a co-founder of the loop approach to quantum …

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