The Black Hole Information Paradox

Overview

With this one-day event on the black hole information paradox, you will learn about a cornerstone puzzle in modern theoretical physics. The day delves into the intriguing conflict between quantum mechanics and general relativity as it manifests in black holes. We will explore how information seems to be lost in black holes, defying quantum mechanics' fundamental assertion that information is always preserved. 

Our journey will guide you through the principles of event horizons, singularity, and the groundbreaking work of scientists like Stephen Hawking. You'll learn about Hawking radiation, a theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, seemingly eradicating information forever. We'll also examine recent theories and debates that attempt to resolve this paradox, including the holographic principle and the idea of 'firewalls'. 

This event is designed for enthusiasts and those with a basic understanding of physics, offering a platform to engage with one of the most profound mysteries in the cosmos. Through interactive discussions and expert-led presentations, you'll gain insights into the cutting-edge research and theories that seek to reconcile these conflicting aspects of our universe. Join us for a day of exploration into the depths of one of the most baffling enigmas of astrophysics. 

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 2 October 2024.

Programme details

10.15am    
Registration (Rewley House reception)

10.30am   
Spacetime and black holes 

11.45am     
Tea/coffee break

12.15pm   
The laws of quantum physics  

1.30pm     
Lunch break

2.30pm     
The black hole information paradox  

3.45pm    
Tea/coffee break

4.15pm    
The ultimate destiny of information  

5.30pm     
End of day  

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee (includes tea/coffee) £120.00
Baguette Lunch £7.30
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £19.25

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutor

Mr Andrea Russo

Andrea is currently a Ph.D. candidate in his last year at Universe College London, where he is studying different aspects of Quantum Gravity and Quantum Information Theory.  He is currently following three different research directions, ranging from reformulating Quantum Field Theory without the explicit use of time to studying the implications of stochastic effects in a hybrid classical-quantum theory of matter on spacetime. Andrea’s most recent works have been in the field of Holographic Gravity, where he and his colleagues demonstrated that Quantum Complexity can be described in terms of threads sewing spacetime together and implying its evolution under Einstein's field equations. Andrea has studied mathematical physics at the University of Nottingham and obtained his Master's degree in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University.

Application

Please use the 'Book' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.