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Scientist Who Proved Black Holes Exist Speaks at USF

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Renowned physicist Sir Roger Penrose will speak at USF April 7.

Internationally renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, whose work ranks alongside those of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, will speak at USF on April 7. He’ll discuss his theory that the universe is an infinite series of eons and whether new technology might allow us to reveal what happened before the Big Bang.

Proved black holes exist

He’s best known for proving that black holes exist, a 1965 discovery that laid the foundation for much of Hawking’s subsequent research on black holes and cosmology.

“Imagine if you could go back 300 years and hear a lecture by Sir Isaac Newton—would you pass that up? Hearing Sir Roger Penrose is something you’ll be able to brag about to your grandchildren,” said Tristan Needham, USF mathematics professor.

High honors in physics

Penrose is the recipient of numerous high-profile awards for his contributions to science, including the Wolf Prize in Physics (jointly with Hawking)—considered the most prestigious recognition in the field after the Nobel Prize. Penrose is the author of The New York Times best-selling books “The Road to Reality” (2004) and “The Emperor’s New Mind” (1989).

He’ll speak at Presentation Theater in the School of Education from 6-7 p.m. April 7. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

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