Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a rather fascinating personality-centric accounting of post-WWII science that lead to the facilities that currently detect Gravity Waves. The science is there at the core, from the postulations to the amazingly hard-fought politics and accounting that made the whole thing happen.
And believe me, it almost didn't happen so many times. Fortunately, it did and a few years ago we had confirmation of real-life Black Holes to celebrate over.
Truly, I couldn't be happier. Science needs these kinds of astronomical wins. It was astronomical in the way they pulled it off, too.
But wow, the rest of the story reads like a great novel full of difficult personalities, boundless hope, disappointment, and heroism. Kinda like most science. But then, it is a calling. These men and women are truly devoted to the cause despite not always agreeing on the best direction or means to the goal.
So did this read like a soap opera full of departmental squabbles, politics, money-wrangling, and even a little madness thrown in?
But that's what makes it so interesting. They did it despite all that. And the project is very healthy now. :) :) Fun read!
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