November 9, 2015

Black Holes in the Universe

Dr Paul Abel
Report by: Mike Meynell
Dr Paul Abel

Dr Paul Abel

It has been more than a hundred years since Einstein produced his general theory of relativity and it is still our current theory of gravity. One of the most exotic objects predicted by General Relativity is the black hole, once thought to be theoretical quirks we now know they really exist, formed by the collapse of super massive stars at the end of their lives. In this talk, Dr Paul Abel looked at the history of general relativity and recent developments in black hole research.

Dr. Paul Abel is a theoretical physicist at the University of Leicester. His undergraduate degree was in Mathematics and his Ph.D was in Theoretical Physics and concerned with Hawking radiation. His current research interests are quantum field theory in curved space times, black hole thermodynamics and Lorentzian wormholes. He is also an amateur astronomer, a visual observer of the Moon and planets.

Here are some pictures from the evening:

Pictures from the Evening (by Mike Meynell):

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