UMass Dartmouth faculty offer virtual discussion with Nobel Prize winner Kip Thorne

On December 2, UMassD faculty invite members of the public to explore the universe with famed Theoretical Physicist

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On Wednesday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m., the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University will host a virtual question and answer session with Theoretical Physicist Kip Thorne, who won the Nobel Prize in 2017 along with Rainer Weiss and Barry C. Barish for important contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detector which observed gravitational waves for the first time.

Thorne will briefly review the crucial role and history of computation in the detection of gravitational waves and take questions on issues relating to computational physics and science in general.

The ICERM event was organized with the help of UMass Dartmouth faculty members including Chancellor Professor Sigal Gottlieb (Mathematics), Professor Gaurav Khanna (Physics), and Assistant Professor Scott Field (Mathematics).

The event will be introduced and moderated by renowned physicist Professor Richard Price, and Professor Saul Teukolsky (the 2021 Einstein Prize awardee) will give an introductory talk on the computational challenges and solutions for simulating black holes and gravitational waves on computers, and the interesting science that can be done thanks to the LIGO and VIRGO gravitational-wave detectors.

Register for the event today!



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