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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space: Black Holes and the Quest to Hear the Invisible by [Levin, Janna]
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"Gripping ... very, very well written ... I reached the beautiful ending of this book with a little sob of gratitude ... heartbreaking ... brilliant" (Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times)

"It is hard to imagine that a better narrative will ever be written about the behind-the-scenes heartbreak and hardship that goes with scientific discovery. Black Hole Blues is a spectacular feat – a near-perfect balance of science, storytelling and insight … It is as inevitable as gravity that this book will win a swath of awards" (Michael Brooks New Statesman)

"Astonishing … superb … Ms Levin is able to tell the tale so soon, and so well, because she has had privileged access to the experiment. She has also known the experimenters for several years … Ms Levin is herself a scientist, which explains her access, but more than that she is a writer … readers feel as if they are sitting in on her interviews or watching over her shoulder as she describes two black holes colliding … A splendid book that I recommend to anyone with an interest in how science works and in the power of human imagination and ability" (John Gribbin Wall Street Journal)

"A superb storyteller. This is the most vivid account I can remember of science policy in action … I’ll be surprised if anyone brings out a more readable book on gravitational waves in the near future" (Clive Cookson Financial Times)

"The definitive account of how we completed the hundred-year hunt for gravitational waves … Punchy, witty, timely and deeply insightful; I haven’t read a better book on the realities of doing science" (Michael Brooks New Statesman, Books of the Year)

"A remarkable achievement that potentially opens up a whole new chapter in our understanding of the cosmos and, with perfect timing, Janna Levin’s elegant and lucid book is here to tell us how it was done … the human drama is compelling … The main protagonists … comprise as fascinating a triumvirate as you will find anywhere in scientific literature. Levin, a distinguished astrophysicist in her own right, writes eloquently, sometimes even poetically, about the search for what she calls gravity’s music" (Simon Griffith Mail on Sunday)

"Taking on the simultaneous roles of expert scientist, journalist, historian and storyteller of uncommon enchantment, Levin delivers pure signal from cover to cover … Levin harmonizes science and life with remarkable virtuosity … exposing the invisible, incremental processes that produce the final spark we call genius … As redemptive as the story of the countless trials and unlikely triumph may be, what makes the book most rewarding is Levin’s exquisite prose" (Maria Popova The New York Times)

"The most important development in astronomy since the invention of the telescope ... [Levin] excels in conveying the personalities of the scientists and their professional and personal struggles ... With the success of Ligo, we stand at the dawn of a new era in astronomy, Levin says in her excellent book" (Marcus Chown Times Higher Education)

"Brilliant and timely" (James Gleick)

"Explains in clear terms the scientific heart of this achievement and the deep and personal fascination that pursuing it has held for several generations of scientists. She also captures the cost of getting to this point, both financial – this is big science in its truest sense – and, in many cases, personal … the plot is too compelling … genuinely painful to read in places … illuminating ... interesting" (Nature)

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"The full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at LIGO, one of the most ambitious scientific experiments of all time"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2362 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; 01 edition (31 March 2016)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 starsThis book makes far-out physics become real and important to the ordinary human like me.
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4.0 out of 5 starsA readable account of the rise of LIGO and the detection of gravitational waves
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