NYC Event Celebrates Historic Discovery
February 10, 2017
A standing room-only event was held at the Explorers Club to mark the one-year anniversary of the historic discovery of gravitational waves, or ripples in space. With this discovery, for the first time scientists have observed these ripples in the fabric of space-time, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 General Theory of Relativity, and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
It sounds complex because it is. But we were lucky enough to have some of the Syracuse University faculty who played a significant role in this discovery on hand for a special panel discussion. The scientists – Stefan Ballmer, associate professor of physics; Duncan Brown, Charles Brightman Endowed Professor of Physics; Peter Saulson, Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics; and Ray Weiss, professor of physics emeritus at MIT - sat with moderator Bob Dotson G’69 to explain and discuss how the discovery capped a 60-year experimental quest.
Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud attended this special anniversary event and introduced the program to the packed room. The event, coordinated and produced by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Alumni Engagement, and the SU in NYC team, drew wide praise from attendees.
This gravitational waves panel was live streamed and recorded so you can watch anytime you like.