39th Michelson Lecture
Dr. Kip Thorne, Nobel Laureate in Physics
Probing the Warped Side of the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
On 11 February 2016, the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration announced they had made the first direct observation of gravitational waves. The gravitational waves originated from a pair of merging black holes and helped solidify the final major prediction of 20th century physics. Dr. Kip Thorne, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics, discussed this work in his lecture at the US Naval Academy, on Nov. 6, 2019. Above is pictured: Dr. Kip Thorne (Right) alongside Dr. Bill Phillips (Left) , winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, 2003 Michelson Lecturer and attendee at this year’s event.
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