Featured Speaker: Kip Thorne
Thorne was a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology from 1977 to 2009 and is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. In 2009 Thorne left Caltech in order to ramp up a new career in writing, movies, and continued scientific research. His most recent major movie project was Interstellar. Thorne is an executive producer and he coauthored the Treatment from which the movie grew. His principal current research is an exploration of the nonlinear dynamical behaviors of curved spacetime, using computer simulations and analytical calculations. Thorne’s research has focused on gravitation physics and astrophysics, with emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and gravitational waves. In 1973 Thorne co-authored the textbook Gravitation, from which most of the present generation of scientists have learned general relativity. He is also a co-author of Gravitation Theory and Gravitational Collapse (1965) and Black Holes: The Membrane Paradigm (1986), and the sole author of Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy (1994).