UNH Theoretical Physicist Dr. Nikodem Poplawski presents “Black Holes and the Origin of the Universe”

November 4, 2016

poplawskiSaturday, November 5th at 1:30 p.m.
The Essex Library will welcome theoretical physicist Nikodem Poplawski for an illustrated talk on black holes. Black holes are regions of space from which nothing, not even light, can escape because gravity is too strong. They form from the most massive stars or at the centers of galaxies. When the contracting matter in a black hole reaches extremely high densities, the quantum mechanical property of elementary particles called spin turns gravitational attraction into repulsion (torsion). The matter stops collapsing, undergoes a bounce like a compressed spring, and starts rapidly expanding. Extremely strong gravitational forces at the bounce cause an intense particle production, increasing the mass inside a black hole by many orders of magnitude. The region on the other side of the black hole’s event horizon becomes a new, growing universe. Accordingly, our own Universe may be the interior of a black hole existing in another universe, with the Big Bang being replaced by a Big Bounce. Forbes Magazine has called Dr. Poplawski a potential future Einstein for his theory that every black hole is a doorway to another universe, one of the top 10 discoveries of 2010. Dr. Poplawski has appeared on television’s Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

Click here for a a more in-depth explanation of black holes.


One Response to “UNH Theoretical Physicist Dr. Nikodem Poplawski presents “Black Holes and the Origin of the Universe””

  1. jim childress Says:

    Wow, fantastic lecture, thank you for bringing him to Essex. He made a complex idea clear and accessable to those of us who are not schooled in physics. With his theory on how black holes work gaining international recognition, we might have heard about a major breakthrough from the person who made it. not bad for a small town library.

    The library is providing a great service with all of their programs. I am entertained AND I learn something. I have to say, your programs are a lot more enjoyable and fulfilling than TV!

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