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2017 Ta-You Wu Lecture in Physics | Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

Kip S. Thorne, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus (Caltech)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
4:00-5:00 PM
Main Auditorium Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) Map
There are two forms of waves that can propagate across the universe: Electromagnetic waves and gravitational waves. Galileo initiated electromagnetic astronomy 400 years ago by pointing a telescope at the sky and discovering the moons of Jupiter. LIGO recently initiated gravitational astronomy by observing gravitational waves from colliding black holes. Dr. Thorne will describe this discovery, the 50 year effort that led to it, and the rich explorations that lie ahead.

The University of Michigan's Department of Physics hosts the annual Ta-You Wu Lecture, which is one of the most prestigious lecture events in our Department. The Lectureship was endowed in 1991 through generous gifts from the University of Michigan Alumni Association in Taiwan. It is named in honor of Michigan Physics alumnus and honorary Doctor of Science, Ta-You Wu, one of the central figures of the 20th century in the Chinese and Taiwanese physics communities.
Building: Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Free, Graduate, Lecture, Physics, Science, Talk, Undergraduate
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department Colloquia, Department of Physics