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Presentation of work on this website does not imply endorsement by LIGO or any other gravitational wave project. Please note that all items within this site are copyright to Harry Collins.

 

Gravity’s Ghost: Scientific Discovery in the 21st Century

Gravity’s Ghost: Scientific Discovery in the 21st Century

Published (fall 2010) by University of Chicago Press

Gravity’s Ghost: Scientific Discovery in the 21st Century

This 187 page book describes the career of the `Equinox Event’ – a sudden burst of energy seen simultaneously on the two giant LIGO interferometers at the time of the Autumn Equinox in 2007.  For 18 months scientists argued, sometimes fiercely, about what it could be – did it have the characteristics of a real gravitational wave or not? Written in the form of a detective story the denouement comes as a surprise.  In the course of the story the meaning of statistics is explored in a dedicated chapter and the book finishes with an essay on the state of science in the 21st Century.

Click here for the Table of Contents of Gravity's Ghost.

 

Gravity's Shadow Book Cover

Gravity's Shadow: The Search For Gravitational Waves

Gravity's Shadow

Click here for the Table of Contents of Gravity's Shadow.

Gravity Wave News relevant to Gravity's Shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Harry Collins?

H. M. "Harry" Collins is Professor of Sociology, Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences and Director of KES.

His complete publication list includes about 100 papers and books on: sociology of science relationship of humans and intelligent machines social nature of expertise. Go to Main Books to find Bibliographic References and Brief Descriptions of Contents and Themes - including signposts to chapters on gravitational waves.

 

Papers on Gravitational Waves

Abstracts of Ten Papers on Gravitational Waves are listed below. Abstract 8 will not become a full paper. The arguments and most of the material from these papers/abstracts have been woven into Gravity's Shadow.

 

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