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Wednesday
February 29, 2012
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Einstein's Warped Ideas

Clifford M. Will, Ph.D.
James S. McDonnell Professor of Space Sciences

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.


Albert Einstein's theories of relativity have had a major impact on everything, from popular culture, to everyday life, to basic science.  Songs, plays and movies proclaim Einstein as the symbol of genius, while users of GPS navigation devices unknowingly take account of Einstein's relativistic warpage of time. Two of the crazier ideas that come from Einstein's theories are gravitational waves and black holes. Today, international teams of scientists have embarked on a quest to verify these ideas. By building and operating large-scale detectors on the ground—and designing space-based detectors for the future—they hope to detect and measure the waves, and to use those wave signals to reveal the hidden secrets of black holes.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.


Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

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For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-9495