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Scientists have been trying to confirm the existence of gravitational waves for fifty years. Then, in September 2015, came a “very interesting event” that proved to be the first detection of gravitational waves. Harry has been watching the science of gravitational wave detection for forty-three of those fifty years and has written three previous books about it.

Listen to this podcast to hear how this monumental discovery was made and what this means for science.

Harry Collins is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, and a Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University.