Foundations of the Theory of Gravitational Waves, Stockholm, Sweden

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Date:  2016-10-09  -  2016-10-11

Location:  Stockholm, Sweden

The recent detections by the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors of gravitational waves is one of the most important events in the history of science. It is therefore not surprising that gravitational waves are today the focus of attention for both the general public and professionals. There were already many events organized where LIGO’s experimental results have been discussed, but none focused on the mathematical foundations of the theory behind the discovery. However, LIGO’s success is not only a triumph of experimental physics and technology; it is also the culmination of a century of work by theorists on mathematical descriptions of gravitational waves.

Nordita (Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics) organizes a three-day event in Stockholm. The event starts on Sunday, October 9, with the evening lecture by Brian Foster (Oxford University) and Jack Liebeck, internationally acclaimed violinist from Great Britain, on “Musical Einstein”. The event continues on Monday and Tuesday October 10-11 with lectures by world leading experts. The detail program is available at

The conference is organized by Marek Abramowicz, Lars Brink, Jean-Pierre Lasota, Juri Poutanen and Stephan Rosswog and is supported by Nordita, the Nobel Committee for Physics and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

You are cordially invited to participate in the conference and contribute to the discussions and present a poster.
There is no registration fee. The deadline for registration is September 20, 2016.