On Tuesday February 16 at 5pm GMT (so at 6pm for people in continental Europe), the Oxford University Mathematical Institute will host an online event in which Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel Prize Winner of 2020, will give an extended version of his Nobel Prize Lecture, and describe how he found the first general singularity theorem of the general theory of relativity, and how his thoughts on the topic have developed since then. Lichtenberg Professor Dennis Lehmkuhl will give the opening talk of the event, describing how the concept of spacetime singularities developed prior to Sir Roger's work, in discussions between Einstein, Schwarzschild and others, how these discussions were eventually related to the concept of gravitational collapse and black holes, and how much of a game-changer Penrose's theorem really was. The event will be concluded by an interview with Sir Roger by broadcasting legend Melvyn Bragg. More details on the event can be found at the Webpage of the Oxford Mathematics Institute as well as on Twitter and Facebook. |

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Image in Main text: Dijedona Dani