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Ripples in spacetime : Einstein, gravitational waves, and the future of astronomy

Author: Govert Schilling
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It has already been called the scientific breakthrough of the century: the detection of gravitational waves. Einstein predicted these tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime nearly a hundred years ago, but they were never perceived directly until now. Decades in the making, this momentous discovery has given scientists a new understanding of the cataclysmic events that shape the universe and a new confirmation of  Read more...
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Named Person: Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Govert Schilling
ISBN: 9780674971660 0674971663
OCLC Number: 973116290
Description: xi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A spacetime appetizer --
Relatively speaking --
Einstein on trial --
Wave talk and bar fights --
The lives of stars --
Clockwork precision --
Laser quest --
The path to perfection --
Creation stories --
Cold case --
Gotcha --
Black magic --
Nanoscience --
Follow-up questions --
Space invaders --
Surf's up for Einstein wave astronomy.
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The detection of gravitational waves-ripples in spacetime-has already been called the scientific coup of this century. Govert Schilling recounts the struggles that threatened to derail the quest and  Read more...

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