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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Academic Lecture Series featuring Dr. Kip Thorne scheduled for this Wednesday, March 28, is cancelled. The university is working to see if he is able to come speak on another date before the end of the spring semester and will send out an announcement if it can be rescheduled.


College of Arts & Sciences Presents

Kip Thorne | 2017 Nobel Laureate of Physics

Executive Producer of Christopher Nolan's blockbuster movie, Interstellar, and Co-Founder of the billion-dollar Ligo Project, Kip Thorne, and his students, pioneered the modern theory of wormholes and time travel.

DATE: March 28, 2018
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: University Theatre

In this talk, based on his bestselling book The Science of Interstellar, Thorne uses the underpinning themes of the movie as a springboard for explaining the physical laws that govern the universe. Interstellar has the most remarkable, and perhaps puzzling, climax found in science fiction film since Kubrick’s 2001, A Space Odyssey. In this lecture, Thorne discusses the deep scientific concepts portrayed during the film's most pivotal moments.

Over the past three decades, Kip Thorne has had an enormous impact on Hollywood science fiction—and Hollywood, in turn, has triggered some of Thorne’s deepest scientific insights. His conversations with Carl Sagan during their contact collaboration catalyzed Thorne’s breakthrough scientific research on wormholes and time travel. Later, Thorne’s discussions with Christopher and Jonathan Nolan were key to integrating the real science of gravitational waves into the fabric of Interstellar.


Related Student Events

March 19, 2018 >> Book Discussion: Part One

Join the discussion on Kip Thorne's work, Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy.
12:45 PM to 2 PM | Chemistry Library

March 21, 2018 >> Movie Viewing

Watch Interstellar, the script for which was edited by Kip Thorne and inspired by his ideas.
6 PM to 9 PM | Wayne A. Reaud Building, Room 120

March 23, 2018 >> Colloquium

Anamaria Effler, Staff Scientist at LIGO-Livingston, presents: The What, Why, and How of LIGO: The challenge of gravitational wave detection.
3 PM | Archer Building, Room 108

March 26, 2018 >> Book Discussion: Part Two

Final review of Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy.
12:30 PM to 2 PM | Chemistry Library

March 28, 2018 >> Q&A Session with Nobel Laureate Dr. Kip Thorne

Have your questions answered by Dr. Thorne, a winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
4 PM to 5 PM | Galloway Building, Room 101 (Landes Auditorium) 

Learn More

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This single experiment was funded by a collaboration of the NSF (National Science Foundation) and the University of Mississippi. Watch the 25-minute video documentary in which generations of scientists through official channels of communications, sharing of hard work, published research, and long periods of dedication made LIGO a reality.

On September 14, 2015 the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – generated by the merger of two massive black holes over one billion light years from Earth. This, the third film in the series, explains the effort required to validate the detection and then celebrates this incredible event.

National Geographic presenting illustrates the nature of Gravitational waves and the technique developed to detect these waves. Physics evidence from the data acquired by LIGO allows Theoretical Physics to be brought into the realm of observational reality.

Dr. David Reitze takes us on the journey of a set of gravitational waves moving through the Universe as ripples in spacetime from the collision of two black holes that merged in a very hostile event that began 1.3 billion years ago. This a short 3-minute video on the LIGO discovery from 14 September 2015.