By Peter G. Bergmann (auth.), Peter C. Aichelburg, Roman U. Sexl (eds.)
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This was the first step in the discovery of the observational universe, and this is the question which we must next discuss. of the Milky Way system or were extremal systems or Milky Ways in their own right. By 1917 the velocities of several of these nebulae along the line of sight had been measured by means of the Doppler effect, and it was known that most of the nebulae were receding from the sun and at much higher velocities than was usual for individual stars, measured in hundreds of kilometres per second rather than in tens.
The probability that all of these coincidences were accidental is incredibly small. Experiments Imply that electromagnetic and seismic effects can be ruled out with a high level of confidence. These data are consistent with the conclusion that the detectors are being excited by gravitational radiation. Some years ago an antenna for gravitational radiation was proposed. 1 This consists of an elastic body which may become deformed by the dynamic derivatives of the gravitational potentials, and its normal modes excited.
Gravitational waves provide an entirely new channel of information about the universe. The most direct and perhaps most satisfactory way to observe gravitational radiation would be to follow the pioneering work of Hertz, Roentgen, and Barkla in producing laboratory sources of such radiation and apparatus for detection. The great weakness of the gravitational force made such experiments beyond the reach and grasp of the conceivable technology of the two decades 1950-1970. We are readily aware of the effects of gravitation when masses as large as the earth, sun, and moon are involved.
Albert Einstein: His Influence on Physics, Philosophy and Politics by Peter G. Bergmann (auth.), Peter C. Aichelburg, Roman U. Sexl (eds.)