Review of Gravitational Waves: How Einstein's Spacetime Ripples Reveal the Secrets of the Universe by Brian Clegg

Phillip Helbig

The Observatory, 138, 1267, 326–327 (December 2018)


This is a book review of Gravitational Waves: How Einstein's Spacetime Ripples Reveal the Secrets of the Universe by Brian Clegg. A breezy, popular-science level introduction to gravitational waves and their detection by LIGO, it is well written, engaging, and somewhat different from books covering roughly the same territory. A welcome surprise is a description of LIGO which is more detailed than one might expect from such a small book, covering the observatory itself, the politics of collaboration and leadership, data analysis, and public relations in the shadow of the BICEP2 disaster.


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