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Pulsars: A Marvellous Serendipity

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The discovery of pulsars by Antony Hewish and Jocelyn Bell in 1967 is a perfect example of “serendipity” – the circumstance where one finds something interesting and exciting while looking for something else. Over the intervening four decades, more than 1800 pulsars have been discovered and much progress has been made on understanding their properties. They have continued to surprise us with a stream of unexpected discoveries such as the first binary pulsar and the first millisecond pulsar. Pulsars are wonderful tools for the investigation of a wide range of topics in astronomy and physics. In this lecture Professor Manchester will discuss the latest development including high precision tests of general relativity and prospects for the future.

This talk is part of the The Hewish Lectures series.

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