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Gravitational Waves I: From Newton's law to black holes and spacetime ripples

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18:00 – 19:00 19 May 2016
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Lecture Theatre B1, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Speakers: Dr. Thomas Sotiriou, Associate Professor & Reader, School of Mathematical Sciences and School of Physics and Astronomy

This lecture will be a journey from Newton’s absolute, rigid space to Einstein’s curved and wobbly spacetime. I will explain why Newton’s gravity theory fell out of favour and how his force of gravity came to be replaced by spacetime curvature.

I will then discuss some of the most amazing predictions of general relativity, among which are black holes and gravitational waves. Finally, I will focus on the recent direct observation of gravitational waves by LIGO, give an overview of the properties of the source of this signal, and explain why it is a landmark for gravity-related research.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP East Midlands Branch
Contact details: eastmidlandsbranch@physics.org

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