Physics and astronomy to host special colloquium with astrophysicist Kip Thorne

Kip ThorneWayne State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a special colloquium on Thursday, Sept. 14, with guest speaker Dr. Kip Thorne.

The presentation titled, "Geometrodyamics: Exploring the nonlinear dynamics of curved spacetime via computer simulations and gravitational wave observations," will take place at 3:45 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, with refreshments served at 3:30 p.m.

Thorne is the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He is a theoretical physicist specializing in the astrophysical effects of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, especially black holes and gravitational waves.

At the colloquium, Thorne will describe what computer simulations and gravitational wave observations have begun to teach us, and he will offer a vision for the future of geometrodynamics.

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