Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS April Meeting 2015
Volume 60, Number 4
Saturday–Tuesday, April 11–14, 2015; Baltimore, Maryland
Session Y12: Invited Session: History of Relativity
1:30 PM–3:18 PM,
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Room: Key 8
Sponsoring Units: GGR FHP
Chair: Sean McWilliams, West Virginia University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2015.APR.Y12.2
Abstract: Y12.00002 : The Kerr Metric: 50 Years Later*
2:06 PM–2:42 PM
I will describe the events leading up to the discovery of the Kerr metric in 1963 and the enormous impact the discovery has had in the subsequent 50 years. The talk will emphasize the ``miraculous" nature of the solution, both as a simple analytic formula describing the most general rotating black hole, and as having unexpected mathematical properties that make many calculations tractable.
*Supported in part by NSF Grants PHY-1306125 and No. AST-1333129 at Cornell University, and by a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.
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