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“My Romance with the Warped Side of the Universe: From Black Holes and Wormholes to Time Travel and Gravitational Waves”
February 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Kip Thorne will be the 2019 Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor, giving a free lecture that will be an engaging evening of stellar science for all audiences.
Thorne was until 2009 the Feynmann Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech (where he still holds the emeritus title for this professorship), but retired to take up a new career career in writing and collaborations at the interface between science and the arts. That led to him being an executive producer and scientific adviser on the 2014 blockbuster film Interstellar. He has collaborated on other multimedia projects as well, and is known for his ability to explain these weighty scientific concepts in ways that non-scientists can understand.
In 2017 Thorne was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with colleagues Rainer Weiss and Barry C. Barish, for their contributions to LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory Project) and the observations of gravitational waves, which occurred on Sept. 14, 2015. That observation confirmed a key piece of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Thorne was a close friend of Stephen Hawking’s and is even depicted in the 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything. The two had a famous wager about whether Cygnus X-1 was a black hole—Thorne won the bet.
In 2018 he was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize: Honoring the Scientist as Poet – “the rare individual who bridges the worlds of science and the humanities.”
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