Newton’s law of gravitation describes how two celestial bodies orbit one another, each tracing out an elliptical path. But this is imprecise: the theory of general relativity shows that two such bodies radiate energy away in the form of * gravitational waves* (GWs), and spiral inwards until they eventually collide.

## Posts Tagged 'Relativity'

### Gravitational Waves & Ringing Teacups

Published November 22, 2018 Occasional Leave a CommentTags: Astronomy, Relativity, Wave Motion

### A New Window on the World

Published November 3, 2016 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Astronomy, Relativity

The motto of the Pythagoreans was “All is Number” and Pythagoras may have been the first person to imagine that the workings of the world might be understood in mathematical terms. This idea has now brought us to the point where, at a fundamental level, mathematics is the primary means of describing the physical world. Galileo put it this way: the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics [TM102, or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].