Delilah Gates: Black Hole Basics!


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Harvard's Dr. Delilah Gates joins to discuss the fascinating & foreboding subject of black holes! Black holes are mysterious objects that have perplexed humanity for centuries, yet Delilah reveals new perspectives on their most inscrutable properties via in-depth studies of their spins, entropy, event horizons & more.

Dr. Delilah Gates is Harvard's second African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in physics. Before joining Harvard, she earned two Bachelors of Science degrees: one in physics and one in math, from the University of Maryland, College Park. She studies high-spin black holes and gravity working to analytically characterize observational signatures of near extremal Kerr black holes using the emergent near-horizon conformal symmetry. Her interests include (near) extremal black hole geometries, black hole binaries, AdS/CFT correspondence, and black hole entropy. Find her on the web at

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  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:00 The Most Fascinating Thing
  • 01:42 Could black holes be dark matter?
  • 02:00 Crash Course: Black Hole History
  • 05:00 The Information Loss Paradox
  • 06:27 The Holographic Principle
  • 09:00 Can you create a Black Hole in the Lab?
  • 11:00 What's a Black Hole made of?
  • 12:50 Are black holes primordial?
  • 13:00 Are some black holes primordial, created in the Big Bang?
  • 14:15 The Black Hole Diet?
  • 14:30 Spaghettification!
  • 15:30 Growing up and becoming a PhD student
  • 20:00 The Nobel Prize, Barry Barish, Albert Einstein, and the Imposter Syndrome!
  • 23:00 Happy Father's Day to Prof. S. James Gates

Watch my interview with Jim Gates (Delilah's dad) Jim Gates: Proving Einstein RIGHT! The daring expedition that changed how we look at the Universe!

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