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Program


All below-listed events are free and open to the public. Meals are for conference speakers and invited guests only.


Thursday, March 10
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech

4:00 p.m.

Bacon Award Public Lecture

Chair: Jed Z. Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History

The Genesis and Transformations of General Relativity
Jürgen Renn, Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Friday, March 11
Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

9:30 a.m.

Coffee

10:00 a.m.

Morning Session

Welcome: Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Chair: Hirosi Ooguri, Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics; Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, Caltech

The Quest for Gravitational Waves
Barry Barish, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Caltech

The Search for Gravitational Waves: Sociological and Philosophical Investigations
Harry Collins, Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Chair: Jürgen Renn, Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Was Einstein Right? A Centennial Assessment
Clifford Will, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of Florida

Einstein & Caltech
Diana Kormos-Buchwald, Professor of History, Caltech

4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

4:30 p.m.

Unifying GR with Quantum Theory
John H. Schwarz, Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, Caltech

7:30 p.m.

GR 100 Public Lecture

Welcome: Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Chair: Fiona A. Harrison, Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics; Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, Caltech

100 Years of Relativity: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Kip Thorne, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, Caltech

Saturday, March 12
Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Caltech

9:00 a.m.

Coffee

9:30 a.m.

Morning Session

Welcome: Hirosi Ooguri, Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics; Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, Caltech

Chair: Harry Collins, Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Searching for a Cosmological Background of Gravitational Waves
Jamie Bock, Professor of Physics, Caltech; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist

History of Gravitational Wave Emission
Daniel Kennefick, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Arkansas

Gravitational Waves: A New Tool for Observing the Cosmos
Alessandra Buonanno, Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Chair: Barry Barish, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Caltech

How General Relativity Shaped Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science
Don Howard, Reilly Fellow, John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, University of Notre Dame

Quantum Information and Spacetime
John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Caltech

3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Diana Kormos-Buchwald, Professor of History, Caltech