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Cafe Sci: Gravitational Waves and black holes: Einstein’s amazing legacy

  • Vat and Fiddle

    Queens Bridge Road NG2 1NB, Nottingham (map)

    52.945969 -1.147854

  • Dr Thomas Sotiriou

    School of Mathematical Sciences & School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham

    2015 was a remarkable year for gravity. On the centennial of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, gravitational wave detectors finally picked up the very first signal: gravitational waves from a pair of colliding black holes. This did not only confirm Einstein’s prediction that spacetime ripples can travel through the universe in the form of waves, but it also served as the first ever direct observation of black holes – perhaps the most fascinating objects in the universe.

    MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £3 (waged) or £1.50 (unwaged). Full details here

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