BHI Colloquium

  • 2019 Oct 22

    BHI Colloquium

    1:30pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    BHI Meeting Room

    Shane Davis (University of Virginia)

    Title: Solving the Quasar "Crisis"

    Abstract: Observational constraints on the spectral shape and the sizes of quasar emission regions are in conflict with standard accretion disk models. This contrasts with disk dominated states of X-ray binaries, which seem to be reasonably consistent with theoretical predictions. This difference motivates focusing on aspects of the accretion flow that differ between these two systems and one possibility is the ultraviolet...

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  • 2019 Oct 29

    BHI Colloquium

    1:30pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    BHI Meeting Room

    David Kaiser (MIT)

    Title: The Price of Gravity: Private Patronage and the Transformation of Gravitational Physics after World War II

    Abstract: This talk (based on research conducted with Dean Rickles) focuses on how various private patrons intervened to support research in gravitational physics from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. The analysis centers primarily on two wealthy and eccentric entrepreneurs, Roger Babson and Agnew Bahnson, and their efforts to galvanize the study of gravitation. Not...

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