Summary of How LIGO Discovered Gravitational Waves — and What Might Be Next

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Listening for “the music of the universe” doesn’t sound much like science, but that’s exactly what physicist Gabriela González and her colleagues did in 2015. In this Spanish-language lecture with English subtitles, González tells the riveting story of how her research team became pioneers in detecting gravitational waves. González engages her audience with the surprising discovery of waves that emanated from two black holes colliding more than a billion years ago. getAbstract suggests that you don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate this Nobel-winning breakthrough. 

About the Speaker

Gabriela González is a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. She served as spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration from 2011 to 2017.



What does Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity say about gravity?

Einstein’s theory suggests that when something moves in the universe, that movement affects other things by disturbing the medium called space-time, which connects everything. Imagine you are lying on a mattress with someone and rolling toward the depression his or her body makes. Based on the ideas of relativity, Einstein also suggested that when one mass moves, it sends out tiny ripples – gravitational waves – that he predicted would be too small to...

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