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Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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
Liam Day
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.
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.
Ashish Jaituni
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.
As are her other books, this well written. However, I found it dragged a bit after she covered the basics of gravity wave physics. Tough when you pick a topic that is still in the realm of theoretical.
What I learned from this book... lots and lots of physics! Wonderful introduction to the thinkers that came before and after Einstein. Good intro for the beginner into how physicists think and work
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