The Shaman of Space and Time

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1488-1491
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1488

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA-- A generation of physicists probing the extremes of gravity can trace its scientific heritage to one man: Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology. A recent symposium to mark Thorne's 60th birthday brought together nearly 200 experts on gravity at its strongest and strangest: the domains of black holes, colliding neutron stars, and other exotic deep-space objects. Participants came to honor their mentor, who has led the way in converting Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity from a purely theoretical science into an astrophysical and observational one.