ORIGINALLY WEBCAST FROM THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY
Part of "The Big, the Small and the Complex," a special World Science Festival series dedicated to the fields of the Kavli Prizes.
MODERATOR: Brian Greene
PARTICIPANTS: Barry Barish, Nergis Mavalvala, Frans Pretorius, David Shoemaker, Rainer Weiss
On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years ago, washed across the Earth. As it did, two laser-based detectors, 50 years in the making – one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State – momentarily twitched, confirming a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein and marking the opening of a new era in astronomy. Join moderator Brian Greene as he has a discussion with some of the very scientists responsible for this most anticipated discovery of our age and see how gravitational waves will be used to explore the universe like never before.