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Ripples in Spacetime: Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy

Author:   Govert Schilling ,  Martin Rees ,  Joel Richards
Publisher:   Tantor Audio
Edition:   Library Edition
ISBN:  

9781665249386


Publication Date:   12 September 2017
Format:   Audio  Audio Format
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Ripples in Spacetime: Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy


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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 listeners 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 listeners with little scientific background can grasp.

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Author:   Govert Schilling ,  Martin Rees ,  Joel Richards
Publisher:   Tantor Audio
Imprint:   Tantor Audio
Edition:   Library Edition
ISBN:  

9781665249386


ISBN 10:   1665249382
Publication Date:   12 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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An exciting history of the second great breakthrough of 21st-century physics.-- Kirkus Starred Review


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Govert Schilling is an astronomy journalist and writer based in the Netherlands. Joel Richards was the kid who did crazy things just to have a good story to tell afterward. On deciding to make his affection his profession, he received a BFA in acting and a BA in English from the University of Utah. He has narrated over 300 audiobooks and continues to tell his original stories to live audiences.

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