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When Black Holes Collide! Gravitational Waves and Other Tales from the Horizon
As part of the month-long Celebrating Einstein event here at WVU, Dr. Zach Etienne from Department of Mathematics will be giving a public lecture this Friday on black holes and gravitational waves. A planetarium show on the top floor of White Hall will follow immediately after his lecture. His talk is accessible to general audience and even kids may enjoy the talk and the show.
Abstract:What happens if you fall into a black hole? Einstein's theory of gravity provides us a means to answer questions that, like this one, fuzz the boundary between science fiction and science fact. But the equations behind this theory are extremely complex, and solving them to advance our scientific understanding--particularly now that gravitational waves have been discovered--usually requires the use of supercomputers. In a nutshell, this is my field of expertise. I will review my career path and present results from some of my latest supercomputer simulations, which have given us both deeper insights into the gravitational waves we have already observed, as well as important predictions for those we are likely to observe in the near future.
Immediately after the lecture, at 8:30PM, there will be a planetarium show on the top floor of White Hall.
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Place: White Hall Room G09
All are welcome.