Nergis Mavalvala, "The Warped Universe: the one hundred year quest to discover Einstein's gravitational waves"
2016-2017 Brinson Lecture: April 25 @ 6PM, SAIC
In 2016, scientists announced the first ever detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, launching a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein hundred years earlier. I will describe the scientific and human story behind these discoveries that provide a window into some of the most violent and warped events in the Universe.