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Carina Prunkl

University of Oxford
Philosophy, Physics


My current research focuses on the philosophy of black holes and the philosophy of science. I am particularly interested in black hole thermodynamics and the question of how to understand and interpret black hole entropy. Other research projects of mine focus on broader aspects of black hole physics within the philosophy of science, primarily related to the existence of black holes. Do black holes exist? What methodologies are available to us to verify the existence of black holes and how do they differ from other scientific programs? I previously conducted research in the philosophy of statistical mechanics, quantum thermodynamics, and quantum information theory.

Carina Prunkl is a final year Ph.D. student at the University of Oxford working on the philosophy of black holes. She holds an MSc in Physics from Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin and an MSt in Philosophy of Physics from the University of Oxford.

Honorary Affiliate: Stephen Hawking

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Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge Physics

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