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Storygram: Nicola Twilley’s “How the first gravitational waves were found”


Nicola Twilley is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-host of Gastropod, an award-winning podcast about the science and history of food. This story covers the first detection of gravitational waves, informed by exclusive access to the research team before this news was announced. It was published in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. This annotation was done by Rebecca Boyle. The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, was a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It was supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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Nicola Twilley

Published By:

The New Yorker


February 11, 2016

Annotated by:

Rebecca Boyle