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Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog – Scientific Discovery and Social Analysis in the Twenty-First Century - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog: Scientific Discovery and Social Analysis in the Twenty-First Century

Harry Collins


Based in the sociology of scientific knowledge the book describes, in real time, two potential discoveries of gravitational waves, known as the Equinox Event and Big Dog. These were made by the LIGO and Virgo detectors. There is additional tension because the signals might have been deliberately injected into the detectors – so called ‘blind injections’. Scientific discovery is shown to depend on many kinds of decisions not normally thought of as belonging to science. The role and nature of statistics is also examined. Wider conclusions are drawn about the moral nature of science and about t ... More

Keywords: Scientific discovery, Gravitational Waves, LIGO and Virgo, Equinox Event, Big Dog, Sociology of Scientific Knowledge, Blind injections, Methodology of the social sciences, Participant observation, Statistics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226052298
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226052328.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Collins, author