L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Gazing up at the stars during a clear night opens up a sight to the wonders of our universe. We love to share our excitement about such fascinating objects like black holes or neutron stars that are born when extremely massive stars die, about gravitational waves — waves that propagate in the fabric of spacetime not unlike under-water waves — that were measured for the first time in 2015, and fundamental questions about the nature of gravity itself.

Here you can find information about some of our activities and we will update the website with any new events, so stay tuned.

Talking to the public

We enjoy talking to you in person, be it at public talks or to give lectures at high-schools. Here you can find some of our recent activities.

Movies for the Public

Our movies communicate some of the latest findings in theoretical astrophysics and general relativity. You can find detailed descriptions and the movies themselves at http://tinyurl.com/shapiromovies. This open site is available for viewing by both colleagues and the general public.
Prof. Stu Shapiro in front of one of his visualizations


Beauty and wonder come alive when art combines with science. Below are some events we have hosted that spotlight ArtScience.


Books for the General Public

Is Einstein Still Right?, Summer 2020
Clifford M. Will and Nicolas Yunes

Photo of Einstein, credit: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/why-there-will-never-be-another-einstein/