Black Holes by Joseph DalSanto
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.
The earliest concept of black holes dates back to the late 1700s – before black holes were known as black holes – and has drawn the attention of some of history’s greatest minds. Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity predicted the existence of black holes in 1915, which Karl Schwarzschild proved shortly thereafter. In 1967, John Wheeler, who worked on the Manhattan Project and assisted in developing the hydrogen bomb, popularized the term “black hole.” And, of course, Stephen Hawking brought black holes to the masses with his best-selling book, A Brief History In Time.
But what is a black hole? Many of us have heard about (or seen in movies) the strange effects black holes have on space and time, but what are these unique objects? Where do they come from? What are they like? Have we actually found any? And what would it be like to visit one? Join the Geneva Library Foundation and guest speaker Joseph DalSanto on a journey to the far reaches of the universe as we explore these and other questions regarding one of science’s greatest mysteries.
Joe DalSanto’s passion for astronomy began decades ago. After earning his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, he spent countless evenings for over thirty years observing the night sky with numerous telescopes (some of which he built) from a variety of locations throughout the United States. His passion soon became more than a hobby when he authored a popular guide to observing double stars. In 2003, he began sharing his love of astronomy through public presentations at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. He also refurbished Waubonsee’s observatory to host public observations. Around the same time, Joe began working on a master’s degree in astronomy and, upon completion, began teaching introductory college courses. In 2012, Joe’s love for teaching moved him to accept a full-time position at the College of DuPage where he has developed and introduced three new courses related to astronomy. He continues to make public presentations and is always eager to share his passion with the public. Joe is a long-time resident of Geneva where he lives with his wife and two daughters; his son currently lives in Bloomingdale.
The evening will include an introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation, and a Q&A session. This is a free event.
The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. With a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021, the GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.
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