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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

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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.

Speaker Bio:

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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