Physics Prof. Janna Levin is featured in a number of media reports surrounding the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)'s recent discovery of gravitational waves. This major scientific breakthrough confirms a significant element of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, provides greater insight into the science of black holes, and opens the door to deeper exploration of how we study the universe in general.

Watch an interview with Prof. Levin about the discovery on PBS's Charlie Rose:


In an interview with Scientific AmericanProf. Levin responded to the announcement of the LIGO findings with great excitement. "This has never been done before," she said. "It's like the first time a telescope was pointed at the sky."

Read the full Scientific American article.

Read additional coverage featuring Prof. Levin's insight from The New York Times, The New Yorker, PBS Newshour, and Quanta Magazine.

Prof. Levin joined Barnard's faculty in 2004. Her research focuses on theories of the early universe, chaos, and black holes. She is also interested in the topology of the universe and the question of whether or not the universe is infinite. Other research topics include the cosmology of extra dimensions and string cosmology.  She is the author of the novel A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines as well as the popular science book, How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space.