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Changing his Mind at the Speed of Thought: Einstein's Failed Attempts to Undiscover Gravitational Waves

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Daniel Kennefick

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Arkansas
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

Although Albert Einstein gave the first concrete description of gravitational waves known to Physics, he was nevertheless on more than one occasion very skeptical of their existence. This talk discusses his changing views on the subject and tells the story of his abortive 1936 attempt to disprove their existence which led him to angrily withdraw a paper form the Physical Review after receiving a critical referee's report.