Gravity's Kiss - Collins, Harry
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Scientists have been trying to confirm the existence of gravitational waves for fifty years. Then, in September 2015, came a "very interesting event" (as the cautious subject line in a physicist's email read) that proved to be the first detection of gravitational waves. In Gravity's Kiss, Harry Collins offers a final, fascinating account, written in real time, of the unfolding of one of the most remarkable scientific discoveries ever made. Predicted by Einstein in his theory of general relativity, gravitational waves carry energy from the collision or explosion of stars. Dying binary stars,…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Scientists have been trying to confirm the existence of gravitational waves for fifty years. Then, in September 2015, came a "very interesting event" (as the cautious subject line in a physicist's email read) that proved to be the first detection of gravitational waves. In Gravity's Kiss, Harry Collins offers a final, fascinating account, written in real time, of the unfolding of one of the most remarkable scientific discoveries ever made. Predicted by Einstein in his theory of general relativity, gravitational waves carry energy from the collision or explosion of stars. Dying binary stars, for example, rotate faster and faster around each other until they merge, emitting a burst of gravitational waves. It is only with the development of extraordinarily sensitive, highly sophisticated detectors that physicists can now confirm Einstein's prediction.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Mit Press
  • Erscheinungstermin: 30. März 2018
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 221mm x 141mm x 30mm
  • Gewicht: 528g
  • ISBN-13: 9780262535120
  • ISBN-10: 0262535122
  • Artikelnr.: 49086887
Autorenporträt
Harry Collins is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University. He is the author of Changing Order, Gravity's Shadow, Gravity's Ghost, Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog, and other books. He is coauthor of Bad Call: Technology's Attack on Referees and Umpires and How to Fix It (MIT Press
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"...a gripping day-by-day account of how it became almost universally accepted that gravitational waves had finally been detected." - Times Higher Education