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    Ripples on a Cosmic Sea: The Search for Gravitational Waves (Frontiers of Science) (Paperback) By (author) David Blair, By (author) Geoff McNamara

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    DescriptionThe fascinating story of the race to detect gravitational wavesthose magnificent ripples that will finally let us listen to the universe. . Most people live and work entirely oblivious to the fact that a myriad of ghostly ripples are passing through them all the time. Generated in the depths of space by colliding stars and black holes, exploding supernovas and quasars, these so-called gravitational waves are literally ripples in the fabric of space itself. Sweeping across the cosmos at the speed of light, they encode vital clues about the exotic systems that produced them. Predicted by Einstein over eighty years ago, but never detected in the laboratory, gravitational waves have proven elusive to scientists. In the first book for a general reader on these amazing waves, Blair and McNamara weave a thrilling tale about the race to build the first gravitational wave antennaa challenge that has prompted physicists and astronomers to devise some of the most breathtaking technology the world has ever seen. What these scientists find will allow us to listen to the explosion of stars, the creation of black holes, even the sound of the Big Bang itself, and will undoubtedly chart a new course for astronomy in the coming millennium.


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    Title
    Ripples on a Cosmic Sea
    Subtitle
    The Search for Gravitational Waves
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Blair, By (author) Geoff McNamara
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 205 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780738201375
    ISBN 10: 0738201375
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PGK, WNX
    DC21: 523.1
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26480
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
    DC22: 523.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QB991.C64 B54 1998B
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: PGK, WNX
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    BASIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    06 April 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Blair is associate professor of physics at the University of Western Australia and one of the leading international authorities on gravitational waves. Geoff McNamara is a science journalist. David Blair is associate professor of physics at the University of Western Australia and one of the leading international authorities on gravitational waves. Geoff McNamara is a science journalist.