Subcategory: Astronomy and Astrophysics
Tiffany L. Bryant - Philander Smith College
The idea of black holes has been around for centuries. Even before the name itself was created there were scientists, mathematicians, and theorists alike that have thought about deep massive holes in space. Albert Einstein, one of the first people to put this concept under evaluation, created the theory of general relativity that described space-time as a dynamic entity. Soon, there were others making new findings and expanding on what Einstein stated that has led us to our current knowledge of these intriguing forces. The purpose of this paper is to increase the readers’ insight into black holes by classifying them in mathematical terms and discussing an important part of their makeup- the accretion disks. Our want to better understand these black holes continue to grow as we find more facts and theories and even uses to back up our thoughts on the astronomical phenomenon.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF
Faculty Advisor: Frank James,