• Ripples in Spacetime

  • Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy
  • By: Govert Schilling, Martin Rees
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (484 ratings)

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Ripples in Spacetime

By: Govert Schilling, Martin Rees
Narrated by: Joel Richards
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Publisher's summary

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

Critic reviews

"An exciting history of the second great breakthrough of 21st-century physics." ( Kirkus, starred review)