New Windows on Nature: Caltech's Instrument Makers

In this 2017 address, President Rosenbaum discusses the history, future, and critical importance of the instruments designed and built by Caltech researchers.

Topics include:

  0:00 Introduction
  3:10 Astronomy and Optical Telescopes
  6:52 Gravitational-wave and Multi-messenger Astronomy
10:37 Seismology
12:45 Wind Tunnels
17:33 Environmental Chambers
20:37 DNA Sequencing
22:51 Mass Spectrometers
25:42 Cloud Chambers and Particle Detectors
28:40 Microscopy
31:54 Computing
33:46 Keeping Caltech Special