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Ripples in Spacetime

Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy
Lu par : Joel Richards
Durée : 11 h et 30 min

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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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  • Quidne IT
  • 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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  • kristen
  • 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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  • Marc
  • 24/09/2018

Not so much about Ripples, but about measuring

Since this is the second time I review this title - I guess Audible deleted my previous review - I am summing up. I just don't have the will to give all the arguments over again that I gave the first time.
This book is undecided between telling a personal journey with anecdotes, vast amounts of name-dropping and place-mentioning that don't help with understanding the topic at all. and giving an insight into how "measuring quantum physics" developed over a century. While most of the historical sidenotes are interesting by themselves, they don't "help" that much with understanding what "ripples in spacetime ARE".
If you have a more or less "solid" background in what the current state of affairs in physics are, most of this book's content will be well known to you. If you don't you may find yourself slightly lost at times. So it *would* have been the subjective, personal experiences the author has "glimpse through" that could have made this a fascinating listen, but those incidents are rare, unconnected and unmotivated.

Narration is good, but very slow. I listened at 1.25 speed and that was fine.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06/12/2019

Remarkable price of science

This book is unquestionably one of the most remarkable books I have encountered covering varies topics an historical idea of the development of space time ripples and LIGO development.

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  • Razz
  • 18/08/2019

Not what I expected

I listen to a couple of hours, but had expected it to be more in depth about space ripples. The first hours of the book did not make me more knowledgeable about the topic.

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  • Trent
  • 02/01/2019

easy to follow with no formal Physics education

This was an easy read with my lack of formal college classes on subject matter. I have been interested in astrophysics for years without the ability to take classes.
This book puts the subject into easy to understand relations all the while maintaining the fact we are talking about G waves. Sometimes the science could not be taken any lower, so the use of analogies was needed. These were well thought out and fun to think about.

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  • Kristen Tahirak
  • 07/09/2018

Not horrible

Some interesting nuggets of information if you’re willing to wade through the superfluous, repetitive and watered-down cosmology background, as well as the author’s perplexingly continual and somewhat maddening practice of asking himself a question and then answering it. Why does he repeatedly do this? I know not.

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  • John
  • 06/08/2018

Good overview

Some historical science (something that is overplayed, less history more science please), overall good overview of the science of current and future gravitational wave detectors.

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  • Dinesh Kulkarni
  • 23/07/2018

Truly enriching!!

One of the best books on the subject of cosmology!! its makes the concepts very simple for understanding. story telling makes it highly engaging.

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  • Zama
  • 21/07/2018

basic info repeated

I ended up liking this book but the best gravity wave book hasn't been written yet.

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