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Black hole blues : and other songs from outer space.

Author: Janna Levin
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Alfred A Knopf, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView 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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Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)952790930
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Janna Levin
ISBN: 9780307958204 0307958205
OCLC Number: 969546598
Description: 1 online resource
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.

Abstract:

"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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