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Nov 4, 2018

Exclusive: Grave doubts over LIGO’s discovery of gravitational waves

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The news we had finally found ripples in space-time reverberated around the world in 2015. Now it seems they might have been an illusion.

LIGO’s detectorsEnrico Sacchetti

THERE was never much doubt that we would observe gravitational waves sooner or later. This rhythmic squeezing and stretching of space and time is a natural consequence of one of science’s most well-established theories, Einstein’s general relativity. So when we built a machine capable of observing the waves, it seemed that it would be only a matter of time before a detection.

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  • Dileep Sathe on November 23, 2018 8:45 pm

    LIGO’s claim of the discovery of grawaves (short form of gravitational waves) is based on the ripples caused on the Space-Time Continuum – henceforth STC. However, STC is being debated for 100 years and still then there is no generally accepted opinion – whether it is reality or an illusion. This year, in May, a conference was oreganized by the Minkowski Institute in Albena, BULGARIA and the focus was in STC: Real / Imaginary?. Therefore I am of the opinoion that the said discovery is still on a shaky footing though it was rewarded with the Nobel Physics Prize in 2017. If possible, readers can read my letter in Space Research today, April 2017, # 198, p. 35.