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"Black Holes Are Finally in Vogue" - by Avi Loeb

December 15, 2020

Watch the full recording of the Colloquium by Avi Loeb, Director of the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard, hosted by the Copernicus Webinar Series.

Abstract: With black holes, what you see is not what you get. They are extreme structures of spacetime that represent the ultimate prison, from where even light cannot escape. After decades of being a subject of mathematical interest, recently black holes became a topic of direct observational studies, for which two Nobel prizes were awarded over the past three years. I will describe some of the...

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Black Hole Team Discovers Path to Razor-Sharp Black Hole Images

Black Hole Team Discovers Path to Razor-Sharp Black Hole Images

March 19, 2020

Last April the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers led by a group at the Harvard Black Hole Initiative (BHI) have published new calculations that predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme gravitational light bending. 

"The trailblazing Event Horizon Collaboration achieved the first image of a black hole, a full century after its prediction by the theorists Einstein and Schwarzschild....

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Harvard’s BHI is Funded for Three More Years by the John Templeton Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

November 20, 2019

It is our great pleasure to announce that thanks to the generosity shared by the John Templeton Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the funding of the BHI has been extended for an additional three years term, until September 2022.

This new funding of $7.2M rewards a success story, leading to a graduate student program on black holes at Harvard University and over a hundred interdisciplinary papers that have already been published in prestigious journals on diverse topics related to black...

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Applications are open for BHI Fellow positions

December 5, 2019

Applications are open for Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Black Hole Initiative (BHI) at Harvard University.

The BHI is an independent, interdisciplinary center within the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University. Involving a collaboration between Principal Investigators (PIs) from the Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, History of Science and Philosophy departments, the BHI is the first center worldwide to focus on the study of black holes. Current senior members of...

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Harvard’s BHI is Funded for Three More Years

December 4, 2019

The John Templeton Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have funded the Black Hole Initiative for an additional three year term, until September 2022. This new funding of $7.2 million rewards a success story, leading to a graduate student program on black holes at Harvard University and more than a hundred interdisciplinary papers that have  been published in prestigious journals.

Read the full news report on The Harvard Gazette: ...

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