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Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time
This text explores how physicists' views of gravity waves have evolved over the decades, since their existence was first proposed, and describes the acheivements of Newton, Gauss, Riemann and other pioneers in mathematics who inspired Einstein and learn about their aspirations for this venture.
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by National Academy Press
(first published February 4th 2000)
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The Prelude and First chapter cover the basics quickly which is merciful for the reader familiar with the concepts but reinforces the important geometrical ideas concerning space-time. The major focus of this work is on the development of gravity wave detectors and the personalities involved. The astronomical sources of gravity waves, such as binary neutron stars and black holes, are covered to a lesser extent but it's not till late in the book that you begin to understand the relationship betwe ...more
I found it somewhat repetitive toward the end and the chapters on current interferometrical efforts to detect gravity waves not nearly as interesting as the history leading up to them, but that history is among the best histories of the science of gravity I have ever read.
Mar 30, 2010 Converse rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The main reason I didn't give this book on astrophysics a higher rating is that the main topic, gravity waves, haven't been observed yet (also checked LIGO website, the site for those working on this topic) so book has hypothetical quality. Also left me with questions about the science. Otherwise well-written
Aug 23, 2008 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like science
The title is cool but the author tries to hard to continue using the music metaphor throughout the book. Also, I think it's too long. It was interesting for like 2/3 of it but she really stretches things out for no reason.
This is a wonderful book. Very well written. It tells the story of search for Gravitational waves till today. Prof. Bartusiak is a very good writer, much better than many scientists who write books on popular science.
Combining her skills as a journalist with an advanced degree in physics, Marcia Bartusiak (pronounced MAR-sha Bar-TOO-shack) has been covering the fields of astronomy and physics for three decades. Currently, she is a visiting professor with the Graduate Program in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bartusiak is the author of Thursday's Universe, a layman's guide to the ...moreMore about Marcia Bartusiak...