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Jacob Bekenstein

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Jacob David Bekenstein (born May 1, 1947), in Mexico City, has contributed to the foundation of black hole thermodynamics and to other aspects of the connections between information and gravitation. He is Polak Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and a recipient of the Rothschild Prize.

Jacob Bekenstein at Harvard
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Jacob Bekenstein at Harvard

Pioneering work on physical constant changes

In 1982 Bekenstein was the first person to develop a rigorous framework to generalize the laws of electromagnetism to handle inconstant physical constants. His framework changes single numbers into scalar fields which yields more information. However, this framework for changing constants did not incorporate gravity.

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