Science: Far-Out Waves

When the results of the experiment were first reported last June, many scientists were outspokenly skeptical. University of Maryland Physicist Joseph Weber announced that after more than ten years of effort, he had finally detected the waves that transmit gravitational energy across space. These gravity waves had been postulated by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity in 1916 but never before observed. Last week Weber converted many of the doubters. Over the last six months, he told the American Physical Society, he had recorded 200 distinct bursts of gravitational radiation from far out in space.

When Weber first detected gravity waves, he was...

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