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Ripples in Spacetime: Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy

Ripples in Spacetime: Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy

Written by Govert Schilling

Narrated by Joel Richards


Ripples in Spacetime: Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy

Written by Govert Schilling

Narrated by Joel Richards

ratings:
4.5/5 (26 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
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Released:
Sep 12, 2017
ISBN:
9781541483040
Format:
Audiobook

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Ripples in Spacetime is an engaging account of the international effort to complete Einstein's project, capture his elusive ripples, and launch an era of gravitational-wave astronomy that promises to explain, more vividly than ever before, our universe's structure and origin.

The quest for gravitational waves involved years of risky research and many personal and professional struggles that threatened to derail one of the world's largest scientific endeavors. Govert Schilling takes listeners to sites where these stories unfolded—including Japan's KAGRA detector, Chile's Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the South Pole's BICEP detectors, and the United States' LIGO labs. He explains the seeming impossibility of developing technologies sensitive enough to detect waves from two colliding black holes in the very distant universe, and describes the astounding precision of the LIGO detectors. Along the way Schilling clarifies concepts such as general relativity, neutron stars, and the big bang using language that listeners with little scientific background can grasp.
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 12, 2017
ISBN:
9781541483040
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (5/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    Excellent overview of the emerging field of gravitational life observatories. Like many popular books, it starts with an overview, but this is only right at the beginning. The author get straight into the history and details of how we ended up where we are today including some of the most spectacular discoveries of the 21st-century. Very well written, easy to understand but very thorough and well researched. Highly recommended!g

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  • (4/5)
    An interesting book, yet like always, I wish the things like building research stations on indigenous lands wasnt ignored, as well as other kinda necessary aspects of history that help paint a more vivid picture of the complicated history surrounding gravitational waves.