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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Janna Levin

The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves-by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer. From the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the epic story of the scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe. Black holes are dark. That is their essence. When black holes collide, they will do so unilluminated. Yet the black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the origin of the universe. The profusion of energy will emanate as waves in the shape of spacetime: gravitational waves. No telescope will ever record the event; instead, the only evidence would be the sound of spacetime ringing. In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, his top priority after he proposed his theory of curved spacetime. One century later, we are recording the first sounds from space, the soundtrack to accompany astronomy's silent movie. In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin recounts the fascinating story of the obsessions, the aspirations, and the trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous, fifty-year endeavor to capture these elusive waves. An experimental ambition that began as an amusing thought experiment, a mad idea, became the object of fixation for the original architects-Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ron Drever. Striving to make the ambition a reality, the original three gradually accumulated an international team of hundreds. As this book was written, two massive instruments of remarkably delicate sensitivity were brought to advanced capability. As the book draws to a close, five decades after the experimental ambition began, the team races to intercept a wisp of a sound with two colossal machines, hoping to succeed in time for the centenary of Einstein's most radical idea. Janna Levin's absorbing account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks in this unfolding story offers a portrait of modern science that is unlike anyt

The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves-by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer. From the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the epic story of the scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe. Black holes are dark. That is their essence. When black holes collide, they will do so unilluminated. Yet the black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the origin of the universe. The profusion of energy will emanate as waves in the shape of spacetime: gravitational waves. No telescope will ever record the event; instead, the only evidence would be the sound of spacetime ringing. In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, his top priority after he proposed his theory of curved spacetime. One century later, we are recording the first sounds from space, the soundtrack to accompany astronomy's silent movie. In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin recounts the fascinating story of the obsessions, the aspirations, and the trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous, fifty-year endeavor to capture these elusive waves. An experimental ambition that began as an amusing thought experiment, a mad idea, became the object of fixation for the original architects-Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ron Drever. Striving to make the ambition a reality, the original three gradually accumulated an international team of hundreds. As this book was written, two massive instruments of remarkably delicate sensitivity were brought to advanced capability. As the book draws to a close, five decades after the experimental ambition began, the team races to intercept a wisp of a sound with two colossal machines, hoping to succeed in time for the centenary of Einstein's most radical idea. Janna Levin's absorbing account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks in this unfolding story offers a portrait of modern science that is unlike anyt
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The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves-by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer. From the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the epic story of the scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe. Black holes are dark. That is their essence. When black holes collide, they will do so unilluminated. Yet the black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the origin of the universe. The profusion of energy will emanate as waves in the shape of spacetime: gravitational waves. No telescope will ever record the event; instead, the only evidence would be the sound of spacetime ringing. In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, his top priority after he proposed his theory of curved spacetime. One century later, we are recording the first sounds from space, the soundtrack to accompany astronomy's silent movie. In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin recounts the fascinating story of the obsessions, the aspirations, and the trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous, fifty-year endeavor to capture these elusive waves. An experimental ambition that began as an amusing thought experiment, a mad idea, became the object of fixation for the original architects-Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ron Drever. Striving to make the ambition a reality, the original three gradually accumulated an international team of hundreds. As this book was written, two massive instruments of remarkably delicate sensitivity were brought to advanced capability. As the book draws to a close, five decades after the experimental ambition began, the team races to intercept a wisp of a sound with two colossal machines, hoping to succeed in time for the centenary of Einstein's most radical idea. Janna Levin's absorbing account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks in this unfolding story offers a portrait of modern science that is unlike anyt

Language:

English

Length:

7h 31m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:19


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:59


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:31