AP Explains: Why gravitational wave researchers won a Nobel
October 4, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three U.S.-based astrophysicists won the Nobel prize in physics Tuesday for their discovery of gravitational waves, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what their discovery means and why they won the prize worth $1.1 million (9 million kronor).
Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a German-born scientist who initially flunked out of MIT, won half the prize as the astronomer who initially spearheaded the push for the $1.1 billion project called LIGO. Theorist Kip Thorne and physici...