Meet Professors Kip Thorne and Brian Cox at the ESET Science Award

Meet Professors Kip Thorne and Brian Cox at the ESET Science Award

Tuesday, October 12, 2021  6:00 pm (CET)

Discussion: Is Science the Solution to Everything?

Professor Kip Thorne, physics legend, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics
Professor Brian Cox CBE, particle physicist and popular host of science programmes

The two of the world’s greatest scientific minds will meet in the heart of Europe - Bratislava, Slovakia – to try to answer one of the big questions of our time: Is science the solution to everything?

Watch the scientific discussion of the year live:

Wednesday, October 13, 2021  9:30 am (CET)

Prof. Kip Thorne:
The Grand Gold Medal of the Comenius University

Professor Kip Thorne’s Lecture:
“My Romance with the Warped Side of the Universe: from Black Holes and Wormholes to Time Travel and Gravitational Waves"


Auditorium of Comenius University, Šafárikovo Square, Bratislava

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In the 1960s, when Professor Kip Thorne embarked on his career as a physicist, there were hints that our universe might have a “warped side”:  objects and phenomena made from warped spacetime instead of from matter.  Examples hinted at were black holes (down which things fall, out of which nothing can escape); wormholes (for rapid interstellar travel); time warps (that might enable one to go back in time); and gravitational waves (ripples in the fabric of space that Einstein predicted but no-one had ever seen).
Most of Professor Thorne's half-century career has been devoted to converting those 1960s hints into clear understanding. He and his colleagues have explored the Warped Side both through theory (using mathematics to deduce the predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity) and through astronomical observations (primarily with gravitational waves - an entirely new way of observing the Universe, for which Thorne shared the 2017 Nobel prize).   In this lecture Professor Thorne will recount the history of these explorations and will describe not only what has been learned but also the journey which ultimately led to his Nobel Prize.

LIVE stream 1: Original


LIVE stream 2: SVK


LIVE stream 3: ENG

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Kip S. Thorne

International Jury

Kip S. Thorne

2017 Nobel Prize laureate

Kip S. Thorne is an American physicist, known for his work in gravitational physics and astrophysics, with emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and gravitational waves. He is one of three scientists who were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2017 for the first direct detection and observation of gravitational waves. He has entered the history of science fiction as the executive producer and science advisor of Christopher Nolan’s Hollywood movie Interstellar.

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Kip Thorne is one of the world's leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein's theory of relativity. He started his university studies at the California Institute of Technology, after which he obtained his doctor’s degree at Princeton University in 1965. The following year he returned to the California Institute of Technology, where he worked until his 2009 retirement from Caltech's Feynman Professorship of Theoretical Physics.

After his retirement, Thorne has ramped up new directions of his career, including the famous movie Interstellar, where he was not only a consultant but also a co-author of the original concept, book writing and various collaborations at the interface between science and the arts. Nevertheless, he also continued his scientific research.

Together with ten young physicist colleagues, he has invented tools for visualizing space-time curvature. He has also collaborated with composer Hans Zimmer and visual effects guru Paul Franklin on multimedia concerts on the Warped Side of the Universe. He is currently working on another movie, as well as on poetic prose about the Warped Side of the Universe.

The discussion and lecture will be streamed in English.