Cosmic Tremors: The Quest for Colliding Black Holes

The 17th Annual Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. Lecture presented in association with the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Kansas City, the Princeton Alumni Association of Greater Kansas City, and the Yale Club of Kansas City. Yale astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan will trace the history of the idea of black holes and present our evolving understanding of how they form and grow.

John Bardeen

John Bardeen, an American physicist and electrical engineer, was born on May 23, 1908. Bardeen holds the distinction of being the only person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics twice. The first of these, awarded in 1956, resulted from…

Jules Lissajous

Jules Lissajous, a French mathematician, was born Mar. 4, 1822. If you have ever watched older submarine or science fiction movies that involve personnel looking at oscilloscopes or cathode ray tube (CRT) screens, you have probably noticed that the screens typically...

Edward Williams Morley

Edward Morley, an American chemist, was born Jan. 29, 1838. His name is familiar to most scientists as the hind member of the Michelson-Morley experiment, the most famous failed experiment in history. Albert Michelson was a physicist at the Case School of Applied...

Otto von Guericke

Otto von Guericke, experimental natural philosopher and mayor of Magdeburg, Germany, was born Nov. 20, 1602. In the early 1650s, when a controversy was raging as to whether there was a vacuum in the closed end of a barometric tube, Guericke set out to try to make a...