The Ascent of Gravity

The Ascent of Gravity

The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything

Book - 2017 | First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
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Discusses the concept of gravity from its earliest recognition in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015, and explains why gravity holds the key to understanding the nature of time and the origin of the universe.
"Why the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding the nature of time and the origin of the universe. Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognized and described yet it is the least understood. It is a "force" that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from? Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the "force" of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681775371
1681775379
Characteristics: xviii, 267 pages ; 24 cm

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