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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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Whitman Professor Involved in Groundbreaking Gravitational-Wave Detection

Marra Clay, Publisher February 11, 2016

One hundred years ago, Einstein developed his theory of General Relativity. Today, a team of physicists from around the world, including a Whitman professor, announced they had the evidence to prove it....

Technology tools advance campus research, creativity

Technology tools advance campus research, creativity

Audrey Kelly November 13, 2014
New technologies make the work of many departments at Whitman more efficient, freeing up time and energy to complete questions or surveys. They also can help make visible intensely complicated theorized concepts thought up decades ago by, say, Einstein, in the case of Beck’s mirrors.
Staff, Faculty Share Favorite Films

Staff, Faculty Share Favorite Films

Nathan Fisher April 17, 2014
I took the bold step of seeking out a handful of Whitman intellectuals to see what movies they enjoyed and why.
Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Nathan Fisher November 14, 2013
Thor 2 is the classic "man" movie: superheroes, super powers, super hair. But what's not so super? Saving a woman who could obviously save herself.
Illustration: Jung Song

Neutrinos might be breaking Einstein’s speed limit

Alfredo Villaseñor October 20, 2011
Last month the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN) and the Italian laboratory of high-energy physics in Gran Sasso detected particles moving faster than light, what has been taken to be an impossibility for over a hundred years since Einstein published his theories in 1905. The particles found breaking this cosmic speed limit were neutrinos, bits of neutral matter so small that they can pass through people and planets unhindered, and so abundant that the nuclear reactions in the sun shower our planet with billions of them every second.

Upcoming Barish lecture appeals to scientists, non-scientists alike

Karah Kemmerly September 30, 2010
Dr. Barry Barish, a leading member of the physics community, is coming to enlighten the Whitman community about general relativity on Sept. 30. Members of the physics department believe that the lecture, “Einstein's Legacy and Our Best Description of the Universe," will be beneficial for both science and nonscience majors.
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