Special Colloquium

SPECIAL REINES COLLOQUIUM: Geometrodyamics: Exploring the nonlinear dynamics of curved spacetime via computer simulations and gravitational wave observations

 
Abstract:
A half century ago, John Wheeler challenged his students and colleagues to explore Geometrodynamics:  the nonlinear dynamics of curved spacetime. How does the curvature of spacetime behave when roiled in a storm, like a storm at sea with crashing waves.  We tried to explore this, and failed.  Success eluded us until two new tools became available: computer simulations, and gravitational wave observations.   Kip will describe what these have begun to teach us, and he will offer a vision for the future of Geometrodynamics.
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