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Black Holes: How an Idea, Hated By Einstein, Became Loved

Sep 3, 2015

In her latest book, author and scholar Marcia Bartusiak shows how the black hole helped bring Einstein's general theory of relativity back into the spotlight.

This hour, we celebrate the theory's hundredth anniversary by talking to Bartusiak about Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved.

We also check in with a local professor whose theory on black holes has some calling him the next Einstein.

And later, Star Trek writer, producer, and science advisor André Bormanis joins us to talk about black holes in pop culture.

Helm, warp one... engage!

GUESTS:

  • Marcia Bartusiak - Writer and Professor of the Practice of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT; her most recent book is Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved
  • Nikodem Popławski - Theoretical physicist; Senior Lecturer and Physics Coordinator at the University of New Haven
  • André Bormanis - Writer and producer for the Star Trek: Enterprise television series; science consultant for Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the Star Trek: The Next Generation feature film series

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.