Einstein Was Right #Einstein #GravitationalWaves #science #physics #EinsteinWasRight #GravityWaves

Gravitational_wave_spectrum_Sources_and_DetectorsOver a billion years ago, two black holes that had been orbiting each other smashed together. Ripples in space-time from the collision reached Earth. Specifically, the waves reached a pair of giant interferometers in the United States, located in Louisiana and Washington state.

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos…

The colliding black holes that produced these gravitational waves created a violent storm in the fabric of space and time, a storm in which time speeded up, and slowed down, and speeded up again, a storm in which the shape of space was bent in this way and that way.

I’m no physicist, but I find it easier to picture gravity as a warping or reshaping of space and time, not a fog of quantum particles. Transmogrified to an audio signal, something a person can experience, black holes go whoop.

I’ve read that Einstein’s work has been overwhelmed by quantum mechanics. Even, if you view PhDs as the children of their advisors, that Einstein’s line has gone extinct. So in addition to wondering what new view we’ll have of the universe by looking at gravity waves, I feel good about this discovery.

This is probably not good news for anyone’s grand unified theory of everything. Gravity remains different from the other fundamental forces of electromagnetism, weak nuclear, and strong nuclear. Nature refuses to settle into a neat, tidy human understanding.

How frustrating, how problematic, how infuriating. How awesome.

Thanks to reuters for the quotations above. Many outlets covered the news.

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2 thoughts on “Einstein Was Right #Einstein #GravitationalWaves #science #physics #EinsteinWasRight #GravityWaves

  1. Hi Kate , congrats on your books, I’ve started “Venture” I’ll comment on Amazon when I’ve finished. I have quite a stack of reading backed up on the night stand. What follows is just thinking in writing as opposed to thinking out loud, you need not reply.
    I am in quite a muddle as what gravity is, Einstein said it was the warping of space yet I don’t think this is [it] entirely because of examples like ocean tides which seems to imply attraction. Then there is this 9th planet (indicated) out so far from the sun? Attraction seems more plausible than warp. These gravitation waves, how do they know it wasn’t some kind of shock wave? And as long as I’m rambling what about the Big Bang itself if a star of sufficient mass can form a black hole then why wasn’t all the mass of the universe just a massive black hole? As you can see I’m just bright enough to be in a constant state of confusion.

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    • Thanks for reading Venture – I hope you like it. It may contribute to the confusion. Glad you don’t expect me to resolve the physics! I can’t speak the language – math – so I look at the pictures.

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