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Gravitational Waves - The Cosmic Detectives

How scientists in Scotland helped discover gravitational waves …

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Science Scotland Issue 20, Summer 2017Gravitational Waves - The Cosmic DetectivesForeword by Martin HendryWhat really happened?Why does it matter?A billion years, three minutes laterRon DreverTime waits for one manBig bang in big dataIn search of inspirationLateral thinking vs uncertaintyEye on the futureBeyond the horizonThe noise hunterThe dark fringe of dataThe astronomical perspectiveThe Scottish ConnectionLittle and largest

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Science Scotland Issue 20, Summer 2017 The Cosmic Detectives - How scientists in Scotland helped discover gravitational waves...


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Foreword by Martin Hendry Global team solves universal mystery...


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What really happened? At 9:51 am (Greenwich Mean Time) on September 14, 2015, something happened which will change the way we look at the Cosmos...


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Why does it matter? It's sometimes easy to put science in a box, but we should never forget that it underpins everyday life...


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A billion years, three minutes later It was a narrow escape. But now that we have done it, it has opened up an entirely new field of science...


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Ron Drever One of the pioneers in the search for gravitational waves...


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Time waits for one man In 2004, Hough agreed to place a bet at odds of 500/1 that gravitational waves would be detected before 2010...


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Big bang in big data GW150914 was actually a very loud signal - more a big bang than a whimper...


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In search of inspiration Scotland has a great science base here at home, but to stay at the forefront we have to make sure we look outwards...


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Lateral thinking vs uncertainty The chief appeal of working in gravitational-wave research was that it offered just the right amount of uncertainty    ...


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Eye on the future We are pushing the limits of technology...


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Beyond the horizon "one of the most important-ever breakthroughs in astronomy"...


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The noise hunter We had to learn that things don't always go the way you think they'll go ......


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The dark fringe of data The search for gravitational waves is an epic endeavour .......


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The astronomical perspective Two black holes colliding and merging is a very dramatic event ........


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The Scottish Connection The search for gravitational waves has taken decades to produce its first results ......


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Little and largest What connects a purring cat with Einstein and black holes colliding in deep outer space?...


 

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