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On the Shoulders of Giants

Friday, May 31, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Acknowledging the scientists who blazed intellectual trails before him, Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have seen a little further it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” In this special annual series, we invite our audience to stand on the shoulders of a modern-day giant. This year, we are honored to present a special two-part address from two giants bringing new light to black holes. In celebration of the astounding recent achievement of the Event Horizon Telescope, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics astronomer Shep Doeleman will detail how his team worked for over a decade to capture the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon. Harvard University Professor of Physics Andrew Strominger will then explore the deep theoretical puzzles that have driven black hole research and the insights achieved by recent breakthroughs.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.


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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Andrew StromingerPhysicist, Harvard
Breakthrough Prize

Andrew Strominger is the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics at Harvard University and a founding member of the Black Hole Initiative. He is a renowned theoretical physicist who has …

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