Coming off Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s comments to Steven Colbert, all astrophysicists should see themselves as, “Guns For Hire” historically and particularly in the last 50 years.
When an optical signal was garnered with relative clarity from a near-by neutron star-pair who had just emitted a gravitational signature, it was a “gasp-and-wow” moment. This was done by students and rank amateurs in Brazil and South Africa on top of the success of a little known group from UC-Santa Cruz working at the LIGOs. Finally “WE” had identified a gravitational signature with an object “WE” could see and identify. Unlike the black holes in the previous year. When, in fact, IT and computer simulation was added, well, now we had a whole field and need for more funding! Not to fund the students in Brazil and Chile, nor the rank amateurs in South Africa, but “US”.
“The Rise of Multi-Messenger Accessories to War”
Doesn’t sound so glamour anymore, does it? Accessories to War. I think we will have to review this new book by the very popular Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. As you can see, I am in-betwixt on the subject (perhaps a word, in-betwixt). Having just begun his book AND trying to garner the truth behind the newly minted FY19 funding for Science and Energy. We’ll get back to it. Too much to read.