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Gravity

Why What Goes up Must Come Down

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'Clegg's skills never flag, and his account remains lucid and free of jargon, bad jokes, and math phobia' Kirkus Reviews

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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. Then 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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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. Then 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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Forlag
Duckworth
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780715644072
Utgivelsesår
2013
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Brian Clegg is the author of How to Build Your Own Time Machine. He holds a physics degree from the University of 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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'Clegg's skills never flag, and his account remains lucid and free of jargon, bad jokes, and math phobia' Kirkus Reviews

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'With this book in hand, we have all we need to set off on our next flight with our eyes open to the sheer wonder of what is involved' Alain de Botton, Inflight Science

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