CHSTM: Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know, A film by Peter Galison

A film by Peter Galison
and a discussion with
Lorraine Daston and Simon Schaffer

The 2021 Albert M. Greenfield Forum in
History of Science

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
4:00-6:00 pm EDT

Please register by Friday, May 14, for this online event.

With unprecedented access, Black Holes | The Edge of All We Know follows two powerhouse collaborations. Stephen Hawking anchors one, striving to show that black holes do not annihilate the past. Another group, working in the world’s highest altitude observatories, creates an earth-sized telescope to capture the first-ever image of a black hole.

When you register, you will receive an exclusive link to view the film. Access to the movie will be available for 24 hours starting Saturday, May 15, at 3pm EDT.  Next, join us on Wednesday, May 19, 4-6pm EDT to view a recorded discussion with Peter Galison, Lorraine Daston and Simon Schaffer, and then participate in a live discussion with Peter Galison.

Peter Galison is a physicist, historian of science, and filmmaker at Harvard University, where he is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor. In 1997, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In 1998, Galison was awarded the Pfizer Prize by the History of Science Society for the best book in the History of Science. In 1999, he received the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize. In 2017, he won the American Physical Society’s Abraham Pais Prize. With his Event Horizon Telescope colleagues, Galison shared in the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the first image of a black hole.
Lorraine Daston has published on a wide range of topics in the history of science, including the history of probability and statistics, wonders in early modern science, the emergence of the scientific fact, scientific models, objects of scientific inquiry, the moral authority of nature, and the history of scientific objectivity. She is the recipient of the Pfizer Prize and Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society, the Schelling Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Lichtenberg Medal of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the Luhmann Prize of the University of Bielefeld, and honorary doctorates from Princeton University and the Hebrew University. In 2018 she was awarded the Dan David Prize in the History of Science.
Simon Schaffer was trained in natural sciences and history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He has taught history of the sciences at Imperial College, London, at UCLA and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Sarton Medalist of the History of Science Society. His research addresses the practices, materials and organization of scientific inquiry between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, including studies of astronomy, natural philosophy, technology and the physical sciences. Schaffer has collaborated with several museum and gallery projects, is a Caird Medalist of the National Maritime Museum, and is a member of the advisory board of the Science Museum.