P H Y S I C S
C O L L O Q U I U M
Prof. Andrew Strominger,
Harvard University
String Theory, Black Holes and the Fundamental Laws of Nature
ABSTRACT
In this colloquium I will explain how string theory provides a precise
microscopic statistical derivation of the laws of black hole
thermodynamics, including the Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy law.
Along the way a review will be given of Stephen Hawking's infamous
information puzzle, as well as the current status of string theory both
as a tool for solving a diverse array of problems in mathematics and
physics and as a candidate for a fundamental theory of nature.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
4:00 p.m.
ENPH 202
hosted by M. Becker
Department of Physics
Texas A&M University