Next Big Thing: Beyond black holes

The detection of gravitational waves has opened the door to a new realm of cosmological discovery. I have a very clear memory of the moment I knew I wanted to become a scientist – it was when Neil Armstrong stood on the Moon, in 1969. I was in my first year at a not-very-well-to-do high … Continue reading Next Big Thing: Beyond black holes

Georges Lemaître comes in with a bang

In 1927, Catholic priest Georges Lemaître published a paper in the Annales de la Societe scientifique de Bruxelles in which he reviewed the General Theory of Relativity, published by Albert Einstein in 1916, and found that not only was the Universe expanding, but that it had originated at a finite point in time. Few people … Continue reading Georges Lemaître comes in with a bang