July 3, 2015 – History of Black Holes

My guest on this program is Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of five previous books. We’ll be talking about her most recent, Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved. It examines the history of an idea, and tells the story of the fierce black hole debates, eventually helping to revive Einstein’s greatest achievement, the general theory of relativity, after decades during which it had been pushed into the shadows.

Other Books:
Day We Found the Universe
Archives of the Universe: 100 Discoveries That Transformed Our Understanding of the Cosmos
Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time
Through a Universe Darkly: A Cosmic Tale of Ancient Ethers, Dark Matter, and the Fate of the Universe
Thursday’s Universe