Gravitational Waves: How Einstein’s spacetime ripples reveal the secrets of the universe (Hot Science)
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- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785783203
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785783203
- Product Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
- Publisher : Icon Books (May 8, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book will provide you with basic understanding what the gravitational waves are and how it is possible to detect them. Moreover, the book serves also as a guide through history of a quest for gravitational waves. The author also provides a brief history of theory of gravitation, going from ancient Greeks to Newton to Einstein. After that the author focuses on Weber's discoveries in 60's and of course on interferometric observatories like a LIGO. The author also provides description of hurdles the team had been building the LIGO had to face and some stories of persons behind this project.
It is true that the book is a little bit brief, however, it can serve as introduction to the problem. To more advanced readers or somebody interested deeper in gravitational waves I would recommed the book "Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes" by Chris Impey (also available on Amazon). I read them both and enjoyed them both.
What a little bit disapointed me about the book is a few mistakes like that the Universe became transparent after third a bilion of years. According to current theories, it occured 300 thousand years after the Big Bang. Aparently bilions and milions were confused. Sometimes, the author used wrong units etc. But despite this, the book is well writen and easily comprehensible.