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Clifford Martin Will
Distinguished Professor of Physics

University of Florida

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Black Holes, Waves of Gravity, and other Warped Ideas of Dr. Einstein
Audience: Adults
Description: Einstein's theories of relativity have had a major impact on everything from popular culture to everyday life to basic science. Songs, plays and movies proclaim Einstein as the symbol of genius, while users of GPS navigation devices unknowingly take account of Einstein's relativistic warpage of time. Two of the crazier ideas that come from Einstein's theories are Gravitational Waves and the Black Hole. Today, international teams of scientists are on a quest to verify these ideas. Using large-scale detectors on the ground they have detected Einstein's gravity waves and are using them to reveal the hidden secrets of black holes. Gravitational waves provide a remarkable new tool for ``listening'' to Einstein's cosmic symphony.

Subject Areas: Physical Sciences
Space Sciences
Keywords: black holes
Einstein
gravity waves
relativity
Duration: 1 hour or less
Fee: Less than $500
Comments: Talk designed for the general public

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