Dec 7, 2020
John Wheeler between Cold Matter and Frozen Stars: The Road Towards Black Holes
- 14:00 to 16:00
- Max Planck Research Group (Final Theory Program)
- Stefano Furlan
One of the truly decisive figures of the flourishing of general relativity that began in the 1950s, the eminent physicist John A. Wheeler (1911–2008) is today known to the general public because of the adoption of the phrase "black hole." Still, that seems quite a thin reason for scientific fame—the question, then, is: what did Wheeler actually do in that field? A proper answer has to take into account a plurality of levels, from Wheeler's peculiarly visual style to his interactions with his own school and other groups, from the pioneering uses of computers to his early visions of quantum gravity. That is what this paper will try to offer, while tracing Wheeler's evolving positions—from rejection to enthusiastic acceptance and popularization—during the fifteen years (ca. 1952–1967) preceding the moment black holes became "black holes."
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