Kip Thorne

  • Discoverer of gravitational waves
  • The Warped Side of the Universe
  • Lecture

Traveling through the universe with the help of a wormhole? What sounds like science fiction has been seriously investigated by astrophysicists for decades, including Nobel Prize winner Kip Thorne. He may not be able to travel through space, but he was the first to prove that gravitational waves are generated directly in space – thus confirming Einstein’s theory of relativity. In his lecture, he shares his passionate enthusiasm for space research and takes a look behind the scenes of cosmology – from the Big Bang to wormholes, time travel, black holes and gravitational waves.

Kip Thorne, born in 1940, is Feynman Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for the discovery of gravitational waves. He is considered the most famous relativity theorist of our time. For the science fiction film Interstellar (2015), he calculated whether the space scenes comply with the laws of physics.

Introduction: Prof. Dr. Lavinia Heisenberg, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg University

Language: English

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