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2016-2017 Events, Career Talks, and Colloquia
2017 Roberts Memorial Lecture:
Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves
by Dr. Kip Thorne
Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Celeste Theatre in the Cornerstone Arts Center
Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. After a half century effort, we humans have had our first contact with these waves. LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) has detected and deciphered gravitational waves produced by pairs of colliding black holes a billion light years from Earth. Thorne will describe LIGO and its discoveries, and the future of gravitational-wave astronomy: a future in which astronomers will probe a rich range of phenomena, including black holes, neutron stars, the cores of supernova explosions - and, most interesting of all: the birth of our universe 14 billion years ago, and the birth of the fundamental forces of nature during our universe’s earliest moments.
Kip Thorne is The Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at Caltech, and is a co-founder of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) Project, which made the world’s first-ever detection of gravitational waves in September 2015. Thorne was also an executive producer of Christopher Nolan's movie Interstellar and a co-author of the Treatment from which the movie developed. The author of several books, including Black Holes & Time Warps and The Science of “Interstellar,” Thorne has won numerous awards for his scientific research and his communication of science to nonscientists.
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