The Black Hole Initiative (BHI) is an interdisciplinary program at Harvard University that includes the fields of Astronomy, Physics and Philosophy, and is claimed to be the first center in the world to focus on the study of black holes.[1][2][3] Notable principal participants include: Sheperd Doeleman, Peter Galison, Avi Loeb, Andrew Strominger and Shing-Tung Yau.[1] The BHI Inauguration was held on 18 April 2016 and was attended by Stephen Hawking;[4] related workshop events were held on 19 April 2016.[1] Robert Dijkgraaf created the mural for the BHI Inauguration.[5]
Black hole with corona and X-Ray source
(artist concept).

If determinism — the predictability of the universe — breaks down in black holes, it could break down in other situations. Even worse, if determinism breaks down, we can’t be sure of our past history either. The history books and our memories could just be illusions. It is the past that tells us who we are. Without it, we lose our identity.
— Stephen Hawking, BHI Inauguration, Harvard University, 18 April 2016[4]

See also

Galactic Center
General relativity
List of black holes
Outline of black holes
Timeline of black hole physics


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Grigorian, Alec J. (11 May 2016). "Black Hole Initiative Receives $7.2 Million in Funding". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
Staff (2016). "The Black Hole Initiative: Towards A Center For Interdisciplinary Research". John Templeton Foundation. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
Reuell, Peter (18 April 2016). "Hawking at Harvard - At packed Sanders Theatre, theoretical physicist and cosmologist tackles the contradictory qualities of black holes". Harvard University. Retrieved 18 November 2017.

Staff. "Robbert Dijkgraaf Creates Mural for Black Hole Initiative". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved 18 November 2017.

External links

Official website
Official Youtube Channel
Inauguration workshop events (19 April 2017):
BHI 100#1 − Video (112:43) on YouTube
BHI 100#2 − Video (058:39) on YouTube
BHI 100#3 − Video (093:12) on YouTube
BHI 100#4 − Video (077:47) on YouTube


Black holes

Schwarzschild Rotating Charged Virtual Kugelblitz Primordial Planck particle


Extremal Electron Stellar
Microquasar Intermediate-mass Supermassive
Active galactic nucleus Quasar Blazar


Stellar evolution Gravitational collapse Neutron star
Related links Tolman–Oppenheimer–Volkoff limit White dwarf
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Gravitational singularity
Ring singularity Theorems Event horizon Photon sphere Innermost stable circular orbit Ergosphere
Penrose process Blandford–Znajek process Accretion disk Hawking radiation Gravitational lens Bondi accretion M–sigma relation Quasi-periodic oscillation Thermodynamics
Immirzi parameter Schwarzschild radius Spaghettification


Black hole complementarity Information paradox Cosmic censorship ER=EPR Final parsec problem Firewall (physics) Holographic principle No-hair theorem


Schwarzschild (Derivation) Kerr Reissner–Nordström Kerr–Newman Hayward


Nonsingular black hole models Black star Dark star Dark-energy star Gravastar Magnetospheric eternally collapsing object Planck star Q star Fuzzball


Optical black hole Sonic black hole


Black holes Most massive Nearest Quasars Microquasars


Black Hole Initiative Black hole starship Compact star Exotic star
Quark star Preon star Gamma-ray burst progenitors Gravity well Hypercompact stellar system Membrane paradigm Naked singularity Quasi-star Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Timeline of black hole physics White hole Wormhole

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