Rainer Weiss to speak at BHI Conference Banquet May 9, 2018

Date: 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:00pm

Location: 

Sheraton Commander Hotel

 

Winning the Nobel Prize would cap most physicists’ careers. For 2017 winner Rainer Weiss, the prize might not even have been the biggest moment of his year.

The 85-year-old professor emeritus at MIT shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for conceiving and shepherding a set of observatories that allowed scientists to prove Einstein’s assertion about gravitational waves: accelerating objects send ripples cascading through the universe at light speed. The invisible waves are so faint that even the most powerful distort space-time by less than the width of a human hair over trillions of miles. Einstein himself wondered later if they really existed, and doubted they could be detected.

 

 

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