Black holes are regions in space and measures of time from which nothing can escape. They are radiant and dynamical and even have a temperature; they are wholly unexpected creatures. They do not inexorably suck up everything as they are sometimes caricatured as doing. They can be tiny, and they can be huge, but they are so far away that we are only beginning to glimpse them now. They lock a certain kind of infinity away in their hearts that we desperately want to grasp. What happens inside a black hole? Can they teach us a new understanding of space and time? Are they immortal? This year, the very first measurements of ripples in the fabric of spacetime---gravitational waves—were reported. These measurement, thrilling in their own right, not only confirm Einstein's prediction of spacetime ripples, but provide the first observations of pairs of black holes that dance and merge in the sky. In this talk, Professor Hal Haggard (Physics) will recall the surprising history of Einstein's prediction and explain why we are on the cusp of a completely new understanding of black holes and the cosmos in which they reside.