‘Race and the Cosmos’ is a book about race and the universe. Awake course connecting race studies and black holes has begun at a university.
A new course at CORNELL University combines race studies with the decades-old scientific phrase “black hole.”
Black Holes: Race and the Cosmos, a woke new course at New York University, aims to illustrate a link between racial bias and scientific language.
To counter “conventional belief” that black holes are not racist, the course description claims to “introduce students to the fundamentals of astrophysics principles through readings in Black Studies.”
“Conventional thinking holds that the ‘black’ in black holes has nothing to do with race,” it said. There can’t possibly be a link between the universe and the concept of racial blackness. Is it possible?
“Intuitively and overtly, contemporary Black Studies theorists, artists, and fiction writers claim just such a link.
“Astronomy ideas such as ‘black holes’ and ‘event horizons’ are used by theorists to creatively interpret the history of race, while artists and musicians conjure blackness through cosmological themes and images.”
According to the institution, academics Nicholas Battaglia and Parisa Vaziri will teach the class.
The music of Sun Ra, Outkast, and Janelle Monae will be studied as part of the course.
“Astronomy principles will include the electromagnetic spectrum, star evolution, and general relativity,” according to the course description.
According to NASA, a black hole is a region of space where gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape, and it can form when a star dies.
“People can’t perceive black holes because no light can escape,” they claimed. They are undetectable.”
The phenomena was not dubbed a black hole until years after Albert Einstein initially detected it in 1915 as part of his general theory of relativity.
Karl Schwarzschild, an astronomer, improved on Einstein’s studies to better describe black holes.
Dr. John A. Wheeler, an American scientist, created and used the term “black hole” for the first time in 1967.
According to reports, Dr. Wheeler was speaking at a conference in New York when the phrase was shouted out by someone in the audience.
The physicist went on to coin the term “black hole” and proceeded to utilize it in his studies.