Lots of good stuff here including the fact I noted on Thursday that the KIGO papers, despite being a huge advance, will be deemed worthless by THES.
At the end of a very exciting week I had the pleasure last night of toasting LIGO and the future of gravitational wave astronomy with champagne at the RAS Club in London. Two members of the LIGO collaboration were there, Alberto Vecchio and Mike Cruise (both from Birmingham); Alberto had delivered a very nice talk earlier in the day summarising the LIGO discovery while Mike made a short speech at the club.
This morning I found this interesting video produced by California Institute of Technology (CalTech) which discusses the history of the LIGO experiment:
It has taken over 40 years of determination and hard work to get this far. You can see pictures of some of the protagonists from Thursday’s press conference, such as Kip Thorne, when they were much younger. I bet there were times during the past four decades when they must have doubted that they would ever…
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