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General Relativity 3 - Who's Who in the Story of Black Holes

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08080073

Abstract

An introduction to a few of the major scientists who applied Einstein's ideas to better understand the life cycle of various stars.

Learning Outcomes:

• How Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar resolved the paradox of the white dwarf star, and how Walter Baade and Fritz Zwicky described the dynamics of neutron stars.

• Yakov Zel'dovich develops the nuclear chain reaction that is the engine that keeps stars burning.

• The roles Robert J. Oppenheimer , John Wheeler, and Roger Penrose played in moving the concept of a black hole from a object of pure theory to a physical object in the universe.