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Black hole blues : and other songs from outer space

Author: Janna Levin
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janna Levin
ISBN: 9780307958198 0307958191 9780307948489 030794848X
OCLC Number: 932115990
Description: 241 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: When black holes collide --
High fidelity --
Natural resources --
Culture shock --
Joe Weber --
Prototypes --
The Troika --
The climb --
Weber and Trimble --
LHO --
Skunkworks --
Gambling --
Rashomon --
LLO --
Little cave on Figueroa --
The race is on.
Responsibility: Janna Levin.
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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 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"--

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