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The Math of Physics

An interview with Adam Helfer, Professor of Mathematics, Adjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Black holes loom large in the public imagination. Mathematical physicist Adam Helfer offers a definition: “Roughly speaking, a black hole is a region from which nothing can ever escape.” In other words, in its most simple definition (one uncomplicated, for the moment, by the nuances of scientific inquiry), it is the Alcatraz of the cosmos.

During our recent visit, Dr. Helfer, Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy, cautions that black holes are only a portion of what he studies, but in general, he enjoys working on problems with real-world applications. Regardless of his topic, Dr. Helfer is a prime example of a scholar whose interests lie at the intersection of different fields—in this case, mathematics and physics.

Audio and Video Tagged with black holes

Coming To Be Interested in Black Holes

From an interview with Adam Helfer, Professor of Mathematics, Adjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Helfer describes how his interest in the problem of energy led him to explore the phenomenon of black holes and Stephen Hawkin’s theories.

Finding Black Holes

From an interview with Adam Helfer, Professor of Mathematics, Adjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy

A black holes—which are theorized to be a region of spacetime from which nothing can escape—remain somewhat a mystery, but scientists use indirect evidence to describe them.