Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Lecture Series
Friday, May 6th at 8:00 p.m.
LIGO, Gravitational Waves, and Colliding Black Holes
Three scientists will discuss the recent, historical detection of gravitational waves created by the stupendous collision of two black holes. The discussion will cover the LIGO instruments that detected the waves, the theoretical understanding of gravitational waves, and the cosmic events that can warp the fabric of space-time with sufficient magnitude to propagate across the universe and be detected here on Earth, and the ways in which these events can be detected. Plans for future and more sensitive detectors will be discussed, and how the new field of gravitational wave astronomy is likely to increase our understanding of the universe and influence the fields of fundamental physics and cosmology. More ...
The Lectures, which are the centerpiece of all Philosophical Society of Washington meetings, are selected to appeal to those with a general interest in science and do not require a specialized knowledge of the subject. They always contain information that is current, explanations that are understandable and a few controversial issues to be challenged by a critical listener. The series is designed as much as possible to include a wide range of disciplines.
The meetings are open to the public, free, and no reservations are required. Dress is informal. Meetings are followed by lively conversation. All must exit the Cosmos Club at 10:30 p.m. Conversations are continued at another location.
The John Wesley Powell Auditorium is adjacent to the Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. Entrance is through the club gate, the first right-hand entrance on Florida Avenue north of the intersection with Massachusetts Avenue NW. The auditorium entrance is to the left of the gate.
The Cosmos Club is within walking distance of the DuPont Circle Metro stop (Q Street exit), the Connecticut Avenue bus routes (L2, L4), and the Massachusetts Avenue bus routes (N2, N4).
|President||Larry S. Millstein|
|Program Chair||Larry S. Millstein|
|Membership Chair||James Garay Heelan|
|Corresponding Secretary||Robin Taylor|
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