LECTURE: FROM BASEBALL TO BLACK HOLES
“From baseball to black holes, does gravity control everything?”
Gravity is a concept that we are all familiar with and something we take the effects of for granted. However, this fundamental force controls aspects of the universe at every scale possible, from the trajectory your toast follows in the morning, to the motion of satellites around the Earth, to the ultimate fate of the universe. In this lecture, I will explore how gravity is intimately involved in all manners of physical phenomena, first by exploring the origin of gravity, then by investigating the relationship between gravity and our daily lives and finally, by exploring how gravity controls the extremes of our universe. Moreover, I hope to explain how future study may uncover the connection between gravity and the quantum realm by examining the burgeoning field of quantum gravity.