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Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives

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A history of gravity, and a study of its importance and relevance to our lives, as well as its influence on other areas of science. 
 
Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity may the most obvious, but it is also the most mysterious. Newton managed to predict the force of gravity but couldnt explain how it worked at a distance. Einstein picked up on the simple premise that gravity and acceleration are interchangeable to devise his mind-bending general relativity, showing how matter warps space and time. Not only did this explain how gravity worked - and how apparently simple gravitation has four separate components - but it predicted everything from black holes to gravitys effect on time. Whether its the reality of anti-gravity or the unexpected discovery that a ball and a laser beam drop at the same rate, gravity is the force that fascinates.

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"As the most familiar physical force in the universe, gravity may not seem exciting, but British science writer Clegg (Armageddon Science) shows how this 'omnipresent' force — which strengthens bones and muscles and binds together planets, stars, and galaxies — is anything but simple. The history of gravity theory begins with the ancient Greeks, who reasoned that 'earthy' (as opposed to 'airy') objects had a kind of 'natural heaviness' that made them 'want to be at the center of the universe.' Centuries later, Galileo's experiments with pendulums and rolling spheres revealed gravity as a force that controlled motion everywhere, but even Isaac Newton's laws of motion failed to pierce the veil around this mysterious 'action at a distance.' It took Einstein's groundbreaking work on relativity theory to reveal how much gravity shapes the universe, warping space into an invisible world only revealed second-hand by the movement of masses and light. Clegg's accessible presentation offers insight into everything from Aristotelian science to black holes and string theory as it reveals the complexities and surprises of a familiar force that continues to surprise scientists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

BRIAN CLEGG is most recently the author of How to Build a Time Machine. He holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.

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ISBN:
9780312616298
Author:
Clegg, Brian
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Gravity
Subject:
Physics-General
Subject:
History
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
20.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As the most familiar physical force in the universe, gravity may not seem exciting, but British science writer Clegg (Armageddon Science) shows how this 'omnipresent' force — which strengthens bones and muscles and binds together planets, stars, and galaxies — is anything but simple. The history of gravity theory begins with the ancient Greeks, who reasoned that 'earthy' (as opposed to 'airy') objects had a kind of 'natural heaviness' that made them 'want to be at the center of the universe.' Centuries later, Galileo's experiments with pendulums and rolling spheres revealed gravity as a force that controlled motion everywhere, but even Isaac Newton's laws of motion failed to pierce the veil around this mysterious 'action at a distance.' It took Einstein's groundbreaking work on relativity theory to reveal how much gravity shapes the universe, warping space into an invisible world only revealed second-hand by the movement of masses and light. Clegg's accessible presentation offers insight into everything from Aristotelian science to black holes and string theory as it reveals the complexities and surprises of a familiar force that continues to surprise scientists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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