Colloquium on 19 March 2015
LIGO Generations

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Title: LIGO Generations
Speaker: Kai Staats
Date: Thursday, 19 March 2015
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: SAAO Auditorium

Abstract

Funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Mississippi, LIGO Generations shares the passion and the motivation of individuals who have worked for nearly three decades on a single science experiment. We engage in the stories of those who invented a whole new branch of physics in order to prove the last piece of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and to hear the universe in a whole new way.

In Generations we learn how knowledge is passed from generation to generation outside of the shared documents and official channels of communication, through hard work, respect, and dedication.

Set to Louisiana jazz and blues, Generations opens in a nearby galaxy where we witness three cataclysmic events before returning to our home galaxy and solar system — only to ride onto the LIGO campus on a Harley Davidson. In closing, Generations takes us to the LIGO Science Education Center where we engage the next generation of learners who are discovering new ways of seeing the world, for the very first time.

“LIGO Generations” is the second film by Kai Staats for LIGO and the National Science Foundation. Based in Muizenberg, Staats is working to obtain his MSc in Applied Mathematics at UCT / AIMS under SAAO Astronomer Bruce Bassett.

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