A sociological approach to the search for gravitational waves: Harry Collins: Gravity’s ghost: Scientific discovery in the twenty-first century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, 200pp, $40 HB

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Gravity’s Ghost is a book about the search for gravitational waves , which are predicted by the general theory of relativity to be ripples in space–time that propagate at the speed of light. The direct detection of GWs, if they exist at all, is exceptionally difficult, because they are theoretically expected to be very weakly coupled to matter. To this date, there is yet no conclusive evidence for the direct detection of GWs. The search for GWs was started by a series of experiments performed by Joseph Weber in the 1960s. The history of the early GW detection experiments, as well as Weber’s claimed detection of GWs, which was eventually discredited, has been examined in great details by Harry Collins .Collins has long advocated a sociological approach to the study of scientific research groups that is premised on the view that in order to understand how scientific knowledge is produced collectively by a group of researchers, it is necessary to engage in the cultu ..



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