Big Picture Science – Rend Me Your Ears

by Gary Niederhoff on September 29, 2011

Shh – can you keep it down? Nope. Not unless you want to do away with civilization. Our buzzing, humming, whirling, machine-driven world is a poster child for technological progress, right? As is hearing loss. It’s driven one man to search the world for silence. We’ll hear what he didn’t hear, and what Einstein predicted we should hear in deep space, where gravitational waves may reveal the hidden sounds of the universe, including the birth of black holes.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Search for Silence part 1
Part 2: Noise vs. Sound
Part 3: Search for Silence part 2
Part 4: The Hisser
Part 5: Acoustics in Space
Part 6: Search for Silence part 3

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