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Gravity's Ghost : Scientific Discovery in the Twenty-first Century - Harry Collins

Gravity's Ghost

Scientific Discovery in the Twenty-first Century

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9780226113562
Number Of Pages: 192

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In theory, at least, gravitational waves do exist. We are constantly bathed in gravitational radiation, which is generated when stars explode or collide and a portion of their mass becomes energy that ripples out like a disturbance on the surface of a serene pond. But unfortunately no gravitational wave has ever been directly detected even though the search has lasted more than forty years. As the leading chronicler of the search for gravitational waves, Harry Collins has been right there with the scientists since the start. The result of his unprecedented access to the front lines of physical science is "Gravity's Ghost, "a thrilling chronicle of high-stakes research and cutting-edge discovery. Here, Collins reveals that scientific discovery and nondiscovery can turn on scientific traditions and rivalries, that ideal statistical analysis rests on impossible procedures and unattainable knowledge, and that fact in one place is baseless assumption in another. He also argues that sciences like gravitational wave detection, in exemplifying how the intractable is to be handled, can offer scientific leadership a moral beacon for the twenty-first century. In the end, "Gravity's Ghost" shows that discoveries are the denouements of dramatic scientific mysteries.

"Gravity's Ghost reads like a good mystery novel, with an unexpected twist. A significant contribution to the study of scientific practice." - Allan Franklin, University of Colorado"

Introductionp. 1
Gravitational Wave Detectionp. 7
The Equinox Event: Early Daysp. 23
Resistance to Discoveryp. 49
The Equinox Event: The Middle Periodp. 71
The Hidden Histories of Statistical Testsp. 93
The Equinox Event: The Denouementp. 111
Gravity's Ghostp. 127
Envoi: Science in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 153
Postscript: Thinking after Arcadiap. 163
The Burst Group Checklist as of October 2007p. 169
The Burst Group Abstract Prepared for the Arcadia Meetingp. 179
Acknowledgmentsp. 181
Referencesp. 183
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780226113562
ISBN-10: 0226113566
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43