Prof. Nergis Mavalvala
"The Warped Universe: The One Hundred Year Quest to Discover Einstein’s Gravitational Waves"
In 2016, scientists announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, launching a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein a hundred years earlier. I will describe the science, technology, and human story behind these discoveries that provide a window into some of the most violent and warped events in the Universe.