Gravitational Waves: The Voice of Space
On 14 September 2015, gravitational waves were first detected on Earth. The source – two merging black holes – briefly pumped out 50 times more power than all the stars in the Universe together. Gravitational waves are the ‘voice of space’. Join science writer and broadcaster Marcus Chown, author of The Ascent of Gravity, to discover how, after centuries of ‘seeing’ the Universe, we are now ‘hearing’ it.
Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is cosmology consultant of New Scientist. His books include The Ascent of Gravity, What a Wonderful World, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-headed Aldebaran Dust Devil and We Need to Talk to Kelvin – what everyday things tell us about the universe, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Royal Society Book Prize. He also won the Bookseller Digital Innovation of the Year Award for Solar System for iPad and is a stand-up comedian and regular guest on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.