ICTP-SAIFR Distinguished Public Lecture by Juan Maldacena

Title: Black Holes and the Structure of Spacetime

Speaker: Juan Maldacena (IAS-Princeton, USA)

Date and time: February 12, 2019 – 19h

Venue: Auditorium of IFT-UNESP

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There is no registration, but space is limited and seats will be distributed depending on the order of arrival.



Abstract: Black holes are fascinating objects predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Though they were initially viewed as unphysical solutions, they were  later understood to be a solid and generic prediction of the theory. Black holes give rise to theoretical paradoxes whose resolution requires us to modify our conception of spacetime. We will review how black holes went from  being an obscure detail to a central tool for  discovering  new perspectives on the nature of spacetime in a quantum theory.

Juan Martín Maldacena is an Argentinian theoretical physicist and member of the ICTP-SAIFR steering committee who has been a professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton since 2001. Among his many discoveries, the most famous one is the AdS-CFT correspondence that string theory on Anti-de Sitter space is equivalent to a conformal field theory defined on the boundary of the AdS space. His papers have received over 50,000 citations and his awards include the MacArthur Fellowship (1999), the Dirac Medal (2008), the Fundamental Physics Prize (2012), and the Diamond Konex Award (2013) as the most important Argentinian scientist of the last decade.


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