The eleventh Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture, entitled Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves: LIGO and Beyond, will be given by Professor Kip Thorne at 5 pm on Tuesday 23rd May in Room MR2 in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge.
Professor Thorne is the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on gravitational physics and astrophysics. ‘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 them. 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, its genesis and its discoveries, and the future of gravitational-wave astronomy: a future in which astronomers will probe a rich range of phenomena, including the birth of the universe and the birth of the fundamental forces of nature in our universe’s earliest moments.’
Admission is free, but booking is required via Eventbrite.
To learn more about Andrew’s life, please visit http://andrewchamblin.org/.