Three Columbia astrophysicists are celebrating a major scientific discovery – the detection of gravitational waves. The finding, made by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in which the Columbia team plays an integral role, confirms a major prediction in Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, published a century ago.
“As scientists, we are always looking for new information,” said Szabolcs Márka, the Walter O. LeCroy, Jr. Associate Professor of Physics. “Sometimes we know what we are looking for and we find it. Sometimes something has been predicted, but we haven’t seen it and we seek the discovery, the observation.”