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The voice of space

April 15, 2016

“Imagine being deaf from birth and suddenly, overnight, being able to hear. For all of history we have been able to “see” the universe. On 14 September 2015, we were at last able to “hear” it. Physicists in the US picked up “gravitational waves” – ripples in the fabric of space-time predicted by Albert Einstein almost exactly 100 years ago. Our media have a tendency to overhype. But a good case can be made that the detection of the voice of space is the most important development in astronomy since the invention of the telescope in 1608…” Review of Black Hole Blues

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