Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Physics expert makes waves at sixth form college

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The next generation of scientists were given an insight into the fascinating world of gravitational waves by a renowned physics expert.

Astro-physicist Dr Peter Edwards, from Durham University, visited A-Level Physics students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College to deliver an exciting talk called ‘Einstein, Einstein, give us a wave!’

The students explored a subject usually reserved for post graduate students and physics researchers. They were given a real insight into Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the technology behind gravitational wave detectors, and how they provide a new way to observe and explore our universe.

Lisa Hall, Physics Lecturer at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “Dr Edwards is an outstanding communicator of physics. He was able to take ground-breaking discoveries in physics in the area of gravitational waves, and communicate it to our students in a highly engaging way. The students thoroughly enjoyed it and there was a real buzz about it.”