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Einstein's Waves

Is space-time a fabric that stretches and strains, like a grass harp ruffling across the great plains, when the force of a huge body in motion makes waves akin to the billowing ocean? LIGO’s antennae have finally disclosed those waves gravitational Einstein proposed that travel along with the swiftness of light and can’t be obstructed in their spatial flight. A faint fleeting whoop is the sound that was heard, resembling the chirp of a faraway bird. So the Nobel winner, with brilliant foresight a century past, was again proven right! In Einstein encomium much overdue, we praise and applaud what he already knew from his relativity theory acclaimed, that pillar of physics for which he is famed. The presence of mass as a part of his theme makes space and time curve, in that elegant scheme. And this is indeed how gravity functions, not as a force, but as cosmic conjunctions. Two black holes colliding, a billion light-years removed, gave a sign that brought triumphant cheers from the LIGO team, with a soft rising tone making Einstein’s ineffable notion known. The project cost umpteen millions of dollars. Astronomers seemed the leeriest scholars and felt the investment would be a big waste, not trusting the models on which it was based. Miles of steel tubing in L-shaped position of vacant chambers were used in the mission for gauging expansions and fluctuations, with an outcome exceeding expectations. The breakthrough implies that stargazers can peer not just with the eye but moreover may hear stellar storms bending space and changing time’s flow in colossal activities to and fro. Yes ripples in space-time were validated, as Einstein had long ago calculated. Researchers gave credit to LIGO, although he is probably saying, “I told you so!” ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * One of the articles that inspired the poem was “Gravitational Waves: What Their Discovery Means for Science and Humanity”

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