Listening to Einstein's Universe: the dawn, and the exciting future, of gravitational wave astronomy by Prof Martin Hendry
Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of the cosmos predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago and produced by some of the most extreme phenomena in the universe: exploding stars, colliding black holes, even the Big Bang itself. To detect them has required the construction of the most sensitive scientific instruments ever built: giant laser interferometers capable of measuring tiny changes in the curvature of space less than a million millionth the width of a hair. Such technology may sound like science fiction, yet these remarkable instruments are now routinely detecting the spacetime ripples from colliding black holes billions of light years from the Earth.
Join Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow and "black hole hunter" Professor Martin Hendry for a whistlestop tour through the exciting new field of gravitational-wave astronomy: the ground-breaking discoveries that Martin and his colleagues are making, the astounding engineering and technology that has enabled them, and how they are helping us to unlock the mysteries of Einstein's universe.