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The Resource Ripples in spacetime : Einstein, gravitational waves, and the future of astronomy, Govert Schilling

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

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Ripples in spacetime : Einstein, gravitational waves, and the future of astronomy
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Ripples in spacetime
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Einstein, gravitational waves, and the future of astronomy
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Govert Schilling
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eng
Summary
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 Einstein's theory of general relativity. 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 readers 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 readers with little scientific background can grasp.--
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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 describes the detector’s astounding precision, weaving far-reaching discoveries about the universe into a gripping story of ambition and perseverance
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Schilling, Govert,
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539.7/54
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC179
LC item number
.S287 2017
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non fiction
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bibliography
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1942-
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Rees, Martin J.
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  • Einstein, Albert
  • Gravitational waves
  • Relativistic astrophysics
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adult
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Einstein, gravitational waves, and the future of astronomy
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Ripples in spacetime : Einstein, gravitational waves, and the future of astronomy, Govert Schilling
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-319) and index
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volume
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text
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Contents
Foreword / by Martin Rees -- 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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21103892
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 339 pages
Isbn
9780674971660
Lccn
2017007571
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)ocn973116290
  • (OCoLC)973116290
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Ripples in spacetime : Einstein, gravitational waves, and the future of astronomy, Govert Schilling
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Martin Rees -- 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
Control code
21103892
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 339 pages
Isbn
9780674971660
Lccn
2017007571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn973116290
  • (OCoLC)973116290

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