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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.
©2017 Govert Schilling (P)2017 Tantor
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"An exciting history of the second great breakthrough of 21st-century physics." ( Kirkus, starred review)
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By Quidne IT on 11-10-2017

Absolutely Loved it.

Absolutely loved this book. Easy to follow, even if you are not an Astro Physicist. Finally got a good understanding of the expansion of spacetime, how to understand the Big Bang & Gravitational Waves.

Great details on the engineering of LIGO.
And off course the first detection of Gravitational Waves in late 2015.

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5 out of 5 stars
By kristen on 20-11-2017

Enjoyable journey through space-time!

The author does an outstanding job of relating the history of the search for Einstein Waves in a way that the layman can easily follow.

The science is on point but necessarily devoid of complexity, making this a wonderful resource for non-physicists.

I enjoyed it from start to finish.

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By JTT on 02-07-2018

great book

exciting history and contemporary research of gravitational waves and the universe. highly recommended. told as a thriller

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By Unretired on 15-05-2018

Outstanding

Really enjoyed this book. Some amazing content. Pitched just right for a moderately knowledgeable amateur to be able to follow the main thrust of the arguments.

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