Thursday, October 12,2017: Rainer Weiss, Joseph Giaime

Oct 12, 2017

  LSU and MIT Physics Professor Rainer Weiss on winning the 2017 Nobel Prize for his work with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Livingston Parish. A discovery in September of 2015 confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of relativity. Professor Joseph Giaime of LSU, the director of the LIGO Observatory in Louisiana, on the major scientific discovery at the facility and the implications of detecting tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by the merger of two massive black holes over a billion years ago.