Black Hole Blues

Black Hole Blues

And Other Songs From Outer Space

Book - 2016
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"In 1916, Einstein became the first to predict the existence of gravitational waves: sounds without a material medium generated by the unfathomably energy-producing collision of black holes. Now, Janna Levin, herself an astrophysicist, recounts the story of the search, over the last fifty years, for these elusive waves--a quest that has culminated in the creation of the most expensive project ever funded by the National Science Foundation ($1 billion-plus). She makes clear the how the waves are created in the cosmic collision of black holes, and why the waves can never be detected by telescope. And, most revealingly, she delves into the lives and fates of the four scientists currently engaged in--and obsessed with--discerning this soundtrack of the universe's history. Levin's account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks of this unfolding story provides us with a uniquely compelling and intimate portrait of the people and processes of modern science"--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307948489
030794848X
9780307958198
0307958191
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 22 cm

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Feb 12, 2017

Not much science and a lot of personalities!

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pm221
Oct 29, 2016

A vividly written non-technical account of the development of gravity wave detectors.

AL_DAVID Aug 22, 2016

While the science is described clearly, overall the book is focused on the personalities and politics involved in one of the biggest scientific projects of the last 40 years. A fascinating and frustrating glimpse into the scientific establishment.

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