Wednesday, November 8, 2017
4:00 pm
Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room) – Dabney Hall

Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

A Paradigm Shift in Slow Motion: On the History of Gravitational Waves
Alexander Blum, Research Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; Visiting Associate in History of Science, Caltech

Abstract: It famously took 100 years from Einstein's prediction of the existence of gravitational radiation to last year's discovery. In this talk, I will address the question why half of that time was spent discussing the questions whether Einstein's early prediction was actually legitimate. I argue that it took that long for General Relativity to mature into a theory that was able to provide the basis for a trustworthy prediction, which leads me to some more general reflections on time needed for true theory change.

This talk was originally scheduled for October 3, 2017.

Contact Fran Tise ftise@caltech.edu at 626-395-3609
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