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The Source: Black Holes, Sources of Inspiration and Science

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The black hole theory is one of the most famous in history. Whether you call it a frozen star, magic circle, or black star, black holes have captured the world’s imagination, inspiring everything from research to science fiction.

In her new book Black Hole, Marcia Bartusiak, an MIT Professor of Science Writing, explores the history of the black hole, the science behind the mystery, and its effects on astronomy. 

Although beloved today, black holes were not always well regarded in the scientific community.

Newtonians initially rejected the idea of huge, inescapable areas of space-time. Even Einstein was against the theory. Despite its opponents, black holes were finally accepted after 50 years of research and debate.

The black hole has completely changed the field of astronomy. Combining this idea and gamma ray technology saved Einstein’s theories of relativity from scientific dismissal. Stephen Hawking has also become well known for his theories on the strange regions. The phenomenon has led to more discoveries about collapsing stars, gravity’s effects, and neutron stars. Black holes have made their mark on science, entered the public consciousness, and are still a huge source of questions, inspiration, and awe.

Guest: 

  • Marcia Bartusiak, MIT Professor of Science Writing and author of Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on By Hawking Became Loved