Gravity's Shadow: The Search for Gravitational Waves

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University of Chicago Press, 15 օգս, 2010 թ. - 864 էջ
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According to the theory of relativity, we are constantly bathed in gravitational radiation. When stars explode or collide, a portion of their mass becomes energy that disturbs the very fabric of the space-time continuum like ripples in a pond. But proving the existence of these waves has been difficult; the cosmic shudders are so weak that only the most sensitive instruments can be expected to observe them directly. Fifteen times during the last thirty years scientists have claimed to have detected gravitational waves, but so far none of those claims have survived the scrutiny of the scientific community. Gravity's Shadow chronicles the forty-year effort to detect gravitational waves, while exploring the meaning of scientific knowledge and the nature of expertise.

Gravitational wave detection involves recording the collisions, explosions, and trembling of stars and black holes by evaluating the smallest changes ever measured. Because gravitational waves are so faint, their detection will come not in an exuberant moment of discovery but through a chain of inference; for forty years, scientists have debated whether there is anything to detect and whether it has yet been detected. Sociologist Harry Collins has been tracking the progress of this research since 1972, interviewing key scientists and delineating the social process of the science of gravitational waves.

Engagingly written and authoritatively comprehensive, Gravity's Shadow explores the people, institutions, and government organizations involved in the detection of gravitational waves. This sociological history will prove essential not only to sociologists and historians of science but to scientists themselves.
 

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Just about everything (870 pages' worth) you'd want to know about the *sociology* of this aspect of physics. Read full review

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A La Recherche Des Ondes Perdues
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Two New Technologies
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Bar Wars
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The Interferometers and the InterferometeersFrom Small Science to Big Science
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Becoming a New Science
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Science Scientists and Sociology
729
MarchApril 2004
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What Is Small?
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Gravitational Waves Gravitational Radiation and Gravity Waves A Note on Terminology
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Roger Babsons Essay GravityOur Enemy Number One
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Colonial Cringe
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The Method
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References
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Index
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Harry Collins is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science. With Jay Labinger, he is coeditor of The One Culture? A Conversation about Science, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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