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May 5th, 2020

From the vaults: Black Holes

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

May 5th, 2020

From the vaults: Black Holes

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Stephen Baxter/ Amelie Saintonge/ Karim Thébault

 


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What are black holes, why are physicists so sure they exist, and how did we come to know about them? Can we know, or at least imagine, what happens inside a black hole? The science of black holes has long inspired science fiction writers, but might science fiction help us understand science fact? We discuss black holes, philosophy, and the long-standing and productive relationship between science and sci-fi.

 

Speakers
Stephen Baxter
Author of Xeelee: Vengeance, Obelisk, the Long Earth series with Terry Prachett, and the Time Odyssey series with Arthur C. Clarke
Amelie Saintonge
Associate Professor of Astrophysics, UCL
Karim Thébault
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science, University of Bristol

Chair
Jonathan Birch
Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Supported by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science

 

Recorded on 21 November 2018 at the LSE

 

 

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Forum for Philosophy

Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization promoting philosophy. We host events, produce podcasts, and publish an essay series to showcase the work of contemporary academic philosophers from all philosophical traditions, often in conversation with each other and with academics from other disciplines. In all of our activities, we promote thought-provoking discussion of science, art, and politics from a philosophical perspective.

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