Uncovering Einstein's New Universe: From Wallal to Gravitational Wave Astronomy (Paperback)

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Uncovering Einstein's New Universe: From Wallal to Gravitational Wave Astronomy By David Blair, Ron Burman, Paul Davies Cover Image


Einstein gave us a vision of a new universe in which time and space are

warped and rippling in response to everything else in the universe. Vast

bursts of energy in the form of ripples of pure and empty space are passing

through us at light speed, carrying messages about a dying universe and

about the places where space, time and matter all cease to exist.

It took a century of struggle to understand Einstein's prophesy. Einstein

doubted his predictions, and eventually, it took 1000 physicists to detect

his greatest prophecy of all, gravitational waves.

The definitive proof of Einstein's new universe began with donkey trains and

sailing ships at Wallal in 1922. A century of struggle by an array of eccentric

and determined scientists brought us to the era of gravitational wave

astronomy where our detectors, like bionic ears, have given us a brand new

sense, an ability to hear across the vast scale of the universe.

This book tells the international story from an Australian perspective, from

the Wallal Expedition, instigated by Alexander Ross of the University of Western

Australia, to the Australia-wide team that participated in the discovery

of gravitational waves and continues to lead national efforts in gravitational

wave discovery.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781760802332
ISBN-10: 1760802336
Publisher: University of Western Australia Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English