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Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University.

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The Moth (2013) — Contributor — 290 copies
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 231 copies

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A pair of stars orbit around each other several billion years ago. They die a billion 400 million light years away from us. They decay into two black holes. The black holes orbit around each other and eventually collide creating a massive interstellar kaboom. In 2015, the sound waves eventually reach earth where a team of Caltech and MIT scientists have recently completed a massive interferometer to catch the sound waves and give us our first physical proof of black holes almost exactly one century after Einstein published his scientific paper on gravitational waves predicting the existence of black holes. Sounds like fiction, no. It actually happened.… (more)
 
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MylesKesten | 15 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Fascinating history of the people and science behind the detection of gravitational waves. Surprisingly exciting stuff.
 
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jbaty | 15 other reviews | Dec 29, 2023 |
This is a quick but illuminating read. Levin explains black holes in easy-to-understand metaphors.... at least, as easy as black holes can be, because they are so complex and so far outside of everyday experience. She explains some really complicated theories of physics in relatively simple terms. The book is charming and engaging.
 
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Gwendydd | 5 other reviews | Aug 6, 2023 |
Compelling But Not Well Written

Which is a shame, I would love to read a better account of the project and the people involved. Will seek more out.
 
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jaheath | 15 other reviews | Mar 16, 2023 |

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