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The 100 Year Quest to Detect Gravitational Waves: The Long Arc of Scientific Discovery

Nergis Mavalvala '90 and Dick French discussed the history and significance of the search for gravitational waves and her own role on the LIGO project -- an international project to detect these waves.


  • Dick French, Professor of Astronomy, Wellesley College
    Richard French, Professor of Astronomy, enjoys sharing the wonders of the universe with introductory students, showing upper level students how to use an astrophysicist's toolkit to unlock the mysteries of stars, galaxies, and the cosmos itself, and exploring the interconnections between critical thinking, philosophy and science.
  • Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Nergis Mavalvala is the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the associate head of the Department of Physics.