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The Warped Side of the Universe

15 April 2009

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One of the world’s leading theoretical physicists will be visiting the University to give a free public lecture (16 April 2009).

Professor Kip Thorne will deliver a lecture, organised by the School of Physics and Astronomy, on ‘The Warped Side of the Universe: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves’.

Currently Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology, Professor Thorne has earned international recognition for his contributions to the fields of gravitational physics, theoretical physics, astrophysics, black holes and cosmology. He has also served as mentor for around 40 PhD physicists, many of whom have gone on to become world leaders in their areas of expertise.

Professor Thorne regularly presents his research to both professional and lay audiences. He is the author of Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy (1994), a book aimed at a non-scientific audience which has since been translated into numerous languages.

Dr Stephen Fairhurst, School of Physics and Astronomy, said: "It is an honour for us to have Professor Thorne visit Cardiff University and give this lecture. His work has been instrumental in shaping the field of gravitational wave physics, and has had a direct impact on much of the research performed today by the Cardiff gravitational physics group."

It takes place during The Ninth British Gravity Meeting (BritGrav 9) held at the School on 15-16 April. This meeting is dedicated to bring together the gravitational research community of the UK and beyond, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas.

The lecture is also part of the 125 Anniversary Lecture Series which welcomes distinguished international speakers to Cardiff as part of the University’s anniversary celebrations. These lectures, which are all free and open to members of the public, are aimed at encouraging international collaborations and promoting the various Research Initiative Schemes at the University.

Professor Thorne’s lecture will be held at the Julian Hodge Building at 6pm on 16th April. To book a place, please contact

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