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10/1 - Lecture: Physicist Leonard Susskind of Stanford University - The Black Hole Wars: My Battle with Stephen Hawking

Sunnyvale, CA
Post #: 10
Public Lecture Open to Everyone

On Wednesday, October 1, at 7 pm,
Physicist Leonard Susskind of Stanford University
will give a non-technical, illustrated talk on:
The Black Hole Wars: My Battle with Stephen Hawking
as part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures
in the Smithwick Theater, Foothill College,
El Monte Road and Freeway 280,
in Los Altos Hills, California.

Free and open to the public.
Parking on campus costs $2.

Call the series hot-line at 650-949-7888 for
more information and driving directions.

No background in science will be required for
this talk. Seating is first come, first served.

Black holes, the collapsed remnants of the
largest stars, provide a remarkable laboratory
where the frontier concepts of our understanding
of nature are tested at their extreme limits. For
more than two decades, Professor Susskind and
a Dutch colleague have had a running battle with
Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University about
the implications of black hole theory for our
understanding of reality -- a battle that he has
described in his well-reviewed book The Black Hole Wars.

In this popular talk, without mathematics,
Dr. Susskind tells the story of these wars, explains
the ideas that underlie the conflict, and recounts
how he got Hawking to retract some of his claims.
What's at stake is nothing less than our
understanding of space, time, matter and information!

Leonard Susskind is Felix Bloch Professor
of theoretical physics at Stanford University and
the author of two popular books and many articles
on recent developments in science and their meaning.
He teaches a popular "continuing studies" course at
Stanford on modern physics and has won the American
Institute of Physics science writing prize for an article
explaining black holes. His research focuses on
particle physics, quantum theory, and the nature of
gravity. He has a rare knack for explaining the most
advanced scientific ideas in everyday terms.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

This talk kicks of the 2008-2009 series of Silicon Valley
Astronomy Lectures. A unit of credit (Astronomy 36.01)
is available from Foothill College for those who attend all
six Wednesday evening lectures and write a short paper
on an astronomy topic of their choice. You may register
in advance at:
<http://www.foothill.e...­ or get the paperwork at the Oct. 1
lecture by coming a
little bit early.

Past Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are now available
in MP3 format at:

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