Astronomy Undergraduate Courses • Fall 2017

Sophomore Seminar - Astro 84, section 1

Sophomore Seminar

Astro 84, section 1

CCN: 12949

Instructor: Steven Beckwith

This seminar discusses the physics of Black Holes, the evidence for their existence, and some of the interesting implications that black holes pose for the universe. Using Kip Thorne's book, "Black Holes and Time Warps; Einstein's Outrageous Legacy," we will delve into the ordinary predications about black holes–space-time curvature, time dilation, the dangers of getting too close, the central singularities, frame dragging–as well as some of the more exotic ideas like black hole evaporation and even wormholes. Although the concepts in this course are not intuitive for most students, they can be understood by …