Einstein A to Z by Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck

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An Einstein theory still tantalizes
Friday, April 22, 2005

As the world marks the 50th anniversary of Albert Einstein's death this week, a team of physicists is madly chasing the ghost of one of his last great unproven ideas: gravity waves.

In his 1916 theory of general relativity, Einstein predicted that collapsing stars, colliding black holes and other cosmic train wrecks would unleash ripples of gravitational radiation through space at light speed.

Nine decades later, scientists are still trying to find them. Even Einstein wondered whether the subatomic flutters he predicted could ever be detected. But after three years of fine tuning and trial runs, a $365 million instrument called LIGO may soon prove him wrong.
Full story from The Baltimore Sun.

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Einstein A to Z * Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck
Wiley publishing * Publication date: August 2004 * ISBN: 0-471-46674-3 * $17.95 paperback * 300 pp