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Black hole blues and other songs from outer space, Janna Levin, (electronic resource)

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Black hole blues and other songs from outer space
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Black hole blues and other songs from outer space
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Janna Levin
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Language
eng
Summary
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 anything we've seen before.From the Hardcover edition
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technical information on music
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TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Levin, Janna
Dewey number
539.7/54
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not applicable
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LC call number
QC179
LC item number
.L48 2016ab
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other
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  • Gravitational waves
  • Black holes (Astronomy)
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Black hole blues and other songs from outer space, Janna Levin, (electronic resource)
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unknown
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unknown
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
When black holes collide -- High fidelity -- Natural resources -- Culture shock -- Joe Weber -- Prototypes -- The Troika -- The climb -- Weber and Trimble -- LHO -- Skunkworks -- Gambling -- Rashomon -- LLO -- Little cave on Figueroa -- The race is on
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Unabridged.
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1 online resource (1 sound file (07 hr., 29 min., 50 sec.))
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unknown
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online
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9780735209879
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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a2fda9cf-e613-4162-8e13-c7e98c02d517
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sound
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digital recording
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  • other
  • remote
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other
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(OCoLC)945728477
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Label
Black hole blues and other songs from outer space, Janna Levin, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
When black holes collide -- High fidelity -- Natural resources -- Culture shock -- Joe Weber -- Prototypes -- The Troika -- The climb -- Weber and Trimble -- LHO -- Skunkworks -- Gambling -- Rashomon -- LLO -- Little cave on Figueroa -- The race is on
Dimensions
  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (07 hr., 29 min., 50 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780735209879
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
a2fda9cf-e613-4162-8e13-c7e98c02d517
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
System control number
(OCoLC)945728477
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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