Scholars at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) recently
paper announcing the discovery of six new binary black hole
mergers that exceed the detection thresholds defined by the
LIGO-Virgo Collaboration (LVC), the group responsible for...
Gravitational waves were detected for the first time a year and
a half ago, when some of them throbbed through Earth. Two
incredibly sensitive detectors—one in Washington State and one in
Louisiana—picked up the distortions in spacetime, emanating...
Confronted with a theoretical question, such as whether or not
gravitational waves exist, Richard Feynman never trusted
authorities. Rather, he tried to develop and convince himself of a
solution in the simplest way possible, constructing an...
Scientists who in February announced their landmark discovery of
these ripples in spacetime revealed today that they had detected
more—again caused by a pair of crashing black holes. This second
find shows that the initial discovery was not a rare...
In Black Hole
Blues: And Other Songs From Outer Space the astrophysicist and
novelist Janna Levin chronicles the decades-long development of a
machine that could detect gravitational waves—a quest marked by the
highest degree of human intelligence...