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Traveling at the speed of thought : Einstein and the quest for gravitational waves

Author: Daniel Kennefick
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Daniel Kennefick's landmark book takes readers through the theoretical controversies and thorny debates that raged around the subject of gravitational waves after the publication of Einstein's theory. The previously untold story of how we arrived at a settled theory of gravitational waves includes a stellar cast from the front ranks of twentieth-century physics, including Richard Feynman, Hermann Bondi, John  Read more...
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Named Person: Albert Einstein
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Kennefick
ISBN: 0691117276 9780691117270
OCLC Number: 123434791
Description: xii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
1. The gravitational wave analogy --
2. The prehistory of gravitational waves --
3. The origins of gravitational waves --
4. The speed of thought --
5. Do gravitational waves exist? --
6. Gravitational waves and the renaissance of general relativity --
7. Debating the analogy --
8. The problem of motion --
9. Portrait of the skeptics --
10. On the verge of detection --
11. The quadrupole formula controversy --
12. Keeping up with the speed of thought --
Appendix A : The referee's report --
Appendix B : Interviews and other new sources --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Other Titles: Einstein and the quest for gravitational waves
Responsibility: Daniel Kennefick.
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