## Light rays, singularities, and all that

Professor Edward Witten gave the Clay Lecture at the NZMRI Summer School Mathematical Aspects of General Relativity

**Abstract: ** This article is an introduction to causal properties of General Relativity. Topics include the Raychaudhuri equation, singularity theorems of Penrose and Hawking, the black hole area theorem, topological censorship, and the Gao-Wald theorem. The article is based on lectures at the 2018 summer program Prospects in Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, and also at the 2020 New Zealand Mathematical Research Institute summer school in Nelson, New Zealand.

## Details

**Speaker:** Edward Witten

**Venue:** NZMRI Summer School 2020, Victoria University of Wellington