Nikodem Poplawski, Ph.D.

Nikodem Poplawski Headshot
Distinguished Lecturer
Coordinator, Physics

Department of Mathematics and Physics
College of Arts and Sciences
About Nikodem

Nikodem Poplawski is interested in general relativity, analytical mechanics, and classical/quantum field theory. His research focuses on how gravity with spin and torsion can solve fundamental problems in cosmology. He proposed that torsion causes the formation of a new universe through a big bounce in every black hole and that our Universe is the interior of a black hole existing in another universe. This scenario was listed by National Geographic and Science magazines among their top ten discoveries of 2010. Dr. Poplawski also appeared in Curiosity on Discovery Channel, in an episode hosted by Morgan Freeman:Parallel Universes – Are They Real?

To find out more about Nikodem Poplawski, visit his website at

In the Media

In the Media

Arte: Do We Live in a Black Hole?

Nikodem Poplawski, a distinguished lecturer of physics, talks about the big bang and how the universe originated and conducts a demonstration with research student Michael Del Grosso '22.

Forbes: The Next Einstein May Be A 27-Year-Old Iranian Woman

Nikodem Poplawski, member of the University of New Haven's physics faculty was identified as a potential 'future Einstein' by Sparrho, a science-specific search engine accessing more than 1.3 million documents in the form of articles, patents, videos and even grants. Poplawski devised a theory that every black hole is a doorway to another universe, one of the top 10 discoveries of 2010.

National Geographic: Are We Living in a Black Hole?

Nikodem Poplawski, member of the University of New Haven's physics faculty joins others in the latest issue of National Geographic in theorizing that the 'seed' of the pre-big bang universe - an incredibly small dense point of matter - was formed inside a black hole and that this tightly packed, protected 'seed' is exactly the sort of thing we might expect to be formed inside the black or grey holes we see in our own universe.