Gravitational Waves Explained

I’m sure you are aware of the recent announcement that researchers had detected gravitational waves, some 100 years after Einstein predicted their existence. But how clear are you on the details of what they are and how they were measured?

In the video below, Columbia University physicist Brian Greene puts things into easily understood and entertaining terms for Stephen Colbert. There’s a great joy in having a public figure like Colbert who is clearly so enthused and interested in scientific discovery, and we can only hope he continues his work in providing a public platform for communicators of science.

About David Crotty

I am the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. I oversee journal policy and contribute to strategy across OUP’s journals program, drive technological innovation, serve as an information officer, and manage a suite of research society-owned journals. I was previously an Executive Editor with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, creating and editing new science books and journals, and was the Editor in Chief for Cold Spring Harbor Protocols. I received my Ph.D. in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing. I have been elected to the STM Association Board and serve on the interim Board of Directors for CHOR Inc., a not-for-profit public-private partnership to increase public access to research.


One thought on “Gravitational Waves Explained

  1. Thanks a lot for the good demonstration link!
    So, if gravitational waves exist, then, Earth would collapse or be disturbed soon under the effect of losing its mass by the enormous amounts of fossil fuels extracted yearly:

    It might be time to look for another planet that does not contain fossil fuels!

    Posted by Mike S | Mar 4, 2016, 2:00 pm

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