Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives
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 couldn't 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 gravity's effect on time. Whether it's 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DLMorrese - LibraryThing
Gravity is a fascinating subject. This book will not tell you everything you ever wanted to know about it because no one yet knows everything one would want to know about gravity, but it does tell you ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
An undemanding history and survey. Newton and Einstein (general relativity) loom large, of course. Neutron stars and black holes, loop quantum gravity, string theory, and gravitational waves are examples of the many other aspects that don't go unmentioned. Read full review