Credit:Henze, NASA; J. Baker et al.
Shaking the Foundations
It comes as no surprise that Einstein was ahead of his time. He did think that he made one mistake, but it turns out he was wrong. His mathematical description of the Universe is deceptively simple; yet so complex that physicists have struggled to describe his mathematics in computer models. Recently the code's been cracked by astrophysicists, using one of the most powerful supercomputers known, and using some clever translations of Einstein's math. The image above shows a computer simulation of Einstein's description of what happens when two orbiting black holes merge. This image show the pattern of gravitational radiation produced by the two black holes as they orbit each other. After some time they lose angular momentum and fall together. It's hard to describe in words - go see the movie.
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