Einstein Triumphs: The Magnificent Detection of Gravitational Waves

Einstein Triumphs: The Magnificent Detection of Gravitational Waves

Friday 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity predicts the existence of ripples in the fabric of space-time. Such gravitational waves have been detected from several pairs of merging black holes. And on October 16, astronomers announced the detection of a colliding pair of neutron stars with both gravitational waves and light, signaling the birth of a black hole!

Speaker(s): 
Alex Filippenko
Professor of Astronomy

Alex Filippenko is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and the only person to have served on both teams that simultaneously discovered the Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the universe. Voted UC Berkeley’s “Best Professor” a record nine times, he appears frequently on TV documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses throughout the globe (16 so far).

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