Physics Colloquium - Seven Pillars of Black Hole Wisdom and How They Became Obsolete

Event Date: 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640

Event Contact: 


Jorge Santos, Gravitational Theory, Stanford University


With the advent of gauge/gravity dualities, which relate the properties of a gravity theory in d dimensions with those of a d-1 dimensional strongly coupled quantum theory where gravity is absent, the understanding of novel gravitational phenomena in d > 4 and in asymptotically anti de-Sitter spacetimes became particularly relevant. Moreover, due to our poor understanding of generic strongly coupled field theories, gravity is often the only tool available. In many circumstances, these dualities map strongly coupled phenomena into classical problems, which in turn are governed by partial differential equations. In this colloquium I will show how novel computational techniques can be useful in trying to understand long standing problems, both in gravity and field theory.