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Description - Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog by Harry Collins

Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog brings to life science's efforts to detect cosmic gravitational waves. These ripples in space-time are predicted by general relativity, and their discovery will not only demonstrate the truth of Einstein's theories but also transform astronomy. Although no gravitational wave has ever been directly detected, the previous five years have been an especially exciting period in the field. Here sociologist Harry Collins offers readers an unprecedented view of gravitational wave research and explains what it means for an analyst to do work of this kind. Collins was embedded with the gravitational wave physicists as they confronted two possible discoveries - "Big Dog," fully analyzed in this volume for the first time, and the "Equinox Event," which was first chronicled by Collins in Gravity's Ghost. He records the agonizing arguments that arose as the scientists worked out what they had seen and how to present it to the world, along the way demonstrating how even the most statistical of sciences rest on social and philosophical choices. Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog draws on nearly fifty years of fieldwork observing scientists at the American Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory and elsewhere around the world to offer an inspired commentary on the place of science in society today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226052298
ISBN-10: 022605229X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 14-Jan-2014
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Harry Collins

Harry Collins is the Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University and a fellow of the British Academy. Among his numerous books are Gravity's Shadow, Rethinking Expertise, and Tacit and Explicit Knowledge, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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