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Gravitational Waves – Special Seminar
Thu 28 April 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 BST
The Department of Mathematics at King's College London is delighted to invite you to attend the a Special Seminar on ‘Gravitational Waves’ at King's on 28 April 2016. This seminar is hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Professor Pawel Nurowski from the Centre for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.
Title: Towards a theory of gravitational radiation
The recent observation of gravitational waves by LIGO has revived interest in work on the theory of gravitational radiation done at King's and elsewhere over fifty years ago. After predicting gravitational waves in 1916 Einstein became uncertain about their physical reality. It wasn't until the 1950's and early 60's that their physical status was clarified with important contributions to the theory being made by members of the King's relativity group such as Hermann Bondi, Felix Pirani and Roger Penrose. In 1958 Andrzej Trautman, visiting from Leopold Infeld's group, delivered a series of highly influential lectures at King's. In this talk the work of the Warsaw group, and Trautman in particular, will be discussed and its influence on the development of gravitational wave theory will be explained.