Date: Saturday 13th October | Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Paul Fellows

Paul Fellows is co-presenter if the public open evenings at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge and gives weekly public sky tours and lecture presentations through the year with audiences of 200 plus. He built his first 8” Newtonian telescope at the age of 14 in 1975 as the project for “o-level” astronomy before coming to Cambridge as an undergraduate to study Natural Science and then completed his second degree in Computer Science at the Computer Lab in Cambridge, He also is a regular lecturer on board ship for the Cunard line.

Lecture synopsis

” Stephen Hawking’s Black Holes and the edge of physics”

This talk starts with the first suggestions of the gravitational monsters that we call Black Holes and the evidence that leads us to think they really are out there. I then move on to how Stephen Hawking brought about a revolution in our understanding of these objects by bringing together for the first time the two pillars of scientific theory – Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity – and showed that energy can escape from black holes. This process is now named Hawking Radiation in his honour.