March 02, 2016
On March 1, Brad Moser, Ph.D., assistant lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, was an invited guest on MPBN’s interactive radio program “Maine Calling.” Along with two other guests from the world of physics academia in Maine, Moser discussed the topic of “Gravitational Waves and News from Out of this World.”
The panel explored the implications of a discovery earlier this month that gravitational waves – predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago – actually exist. Moser noted that the new-found proof of gravitational waves may impact scientists’ understanding of the beginning of the universe.
“As the human species, we’re very curious. We want to understand these things around us that inspire us,” said Moser. “I think that physics at this level – at the grand and the miniscule -- when we look for little particles, and we look for giant pieces of the universe – we’re feeling inspired…. [People] have been doing that for millennia -- looking to the heavens and being inspired, and this is just the physicist’s version of being inspired.”