Rainer Weiss - "The remarkable gamble the National Science Foundation took with LIGO"
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 8:00pm
Jefferson 250, Jefferson 250 Harvard University, 17 Oxford Street, Lecture Hall Jefferson 250, Cambridge, MA
David M. Lee Historical Lecture in Physics 2018
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
2017 Nobel Laureate in Physics
"The remarkable gamble the National Science Foundation took with LIGO"
Monday, April 23, 8:00pm
17 Oxford Street, Lecture Hall Jefferson 250
Despite the fact that no one had ever measured motions as small as 1/1000 of a nuclear radius or that there was certain evidence for gravitational radiation let alone hard knowledge of gravitational wave sources, in the 1970’s the NSF began to support a new program in gravitational wave astrophysics. The visionary responsible for this was Richard Isaacson then Program Director for Gravity at the NSF. The talk in part is about how he organized and guided the process to make LIGO a reality - in good measure it is about the history of LIGO.
Prof. Weiss has given a similar talk at the New York State American Physical Society meeting at Union College in 2017.
The lecture, sponsored by The Marvin and Annette lee Fund, is free and open to the public.
A dessert reception following the lecture will be held in Jefferson 450 – Physics Department Library.