I Said It Couldn’t Be Done

For the entire life of the Large Interferometric Gravitational Observatory, just down the road here a ways and founded and directed by my old teachers at Caltech, I said the effort was a complete boondoggle, since the sensitivity of measurement required was so many orders of magnitude above the noise of the constantly-in-motion geosphere.

That is, I claimed the earthquakes large small and perhaps of a seismic signature we are not yet aware of, would wipe out the measurement of the motion of one ten-thousandth the diameter of a proton, at a distance of a couple of kilometers.

Erm. They measured, two LIGO installations simultaneously, gravitational waves. After 14 years of looking.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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2 Responses to I Said It Couldn’t Be Done

  1. Good thing your not in charge of their funding.

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