Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

  • by Janna Levin
  • Narrated by Janna Levin
  • 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves - by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer.
From the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the epic story of the scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe.


What the Critics Say

"This is a beautifully written account of the quest to open the 'gravitational-wave window' onto our universe, and use it to explore our universe's warped side: black holes and other phenomena made from warped spacetime. As a participant in this wonderful quest, I applaud Janna Levin for capturing so well our vision, our struggles, and the ethos and spirit of our torturous route toward success." (Kip Thorne, author of The Science of Interstellar)


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Customer Reviews

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"new" book crammed with old information

Janna spends most of the book repeating old biographical info on a handful of well known scientists. She describes them as quirky, uniquely formed individuals as if that was something specific to scientists. She wants to sound like an insider, but she's really a poser. And like all scientists who receive funding from the Pentagon, Janna loves to eulogize the American success in WW2. Its all fine and dandy, just really redundant. Her description of black holes is so pedestrian and Hawking-approved that its frustratingly dumb for a "new" book. Don't waste a cent on this. If you want to actually learn something about black holes and how gravity waves might function, check out The black Hole War, by Susskind.
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- William

Boring and Tedious, But give a unique perspective

The Ligo Gravity Wave Detector is an awesome feat of human engineering. It has successfully recorded the collision and merger of two black holes approximately 20 and 30 solar masses (the mass of Sol, our Sun). I felt it was too wordy and verbose without actually saying much. It was more of a who's who on the IFO (Interferometer) , and has much less technical and scientific information. That's why I didn't like it.
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- A. Choate "I am a computer scientist, with a interest I artificial intelligence. I am also interested in theoretical physics, astronomy, & cosmology."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio