22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Tony Padilla: Let’s all jump into a Black Hole!

Tony is a Professor of Physics at Nottingham University although outside of academia he is best known as “the guy who said all that the positive integers sum to minus a twelfth”. Of course, that wasn’t really Tony but the great Ramanujan. Tony was just the You Tube presenter who shared it with a few million people on Numberphile. In addition to Numberphile, he is also a regular presenter on Sixty Symbols, another of Brady Haran’s popular science channels. Tony’s videos have amassed over thirty million hits and have sparked lively debate from niche science blogs to the New York Times.

Tony has previously held academic positions in Oxford and in Barcelona, having studied for his degrees in Cambridge and Durham Universities. His research lies in the realm of theoretical cosmology, devoted to understanding the physics that underpins the evolution of our Universe. He has held prestigious fellowships from the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust and in 2016 was awarded the Buchalter Cosmology Price for his work on the cosmological constant problem. His talk at bluedot takes him back to his roots, having written his PhD thesis on the physics of extra dimensions.

Talk: Let’s all jump into a Black Hole

Ever wondered what it would be like to jump into a black hole, if only to escape the latest news bulletin on Brexit? Take the plunge with Professor Padilla on a journey to a place where space and time is a strange as it was at the moment of creation, at the moment the Universe was born. Enter the exotic world of string theory, of extra dimensions, of parallel universes, and find out what this all has to do with a 9billion dollar machine that smashes things together at almost the speed of light.


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