The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Paperback)
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The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017

'Does Einstein proud . . . Eminently readable' Guardian

'No one has covered the topic with such a light touch and joie de vivre . . . a delight' - Brian Clegg

Gravity was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is still the least understood. If we can unlock its secrets, the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding 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 the twenty-first century. 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.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474601887
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Entertaining and at times mind-boggling guide to the weakest of nature's fundamental forces, which also controls the fate of the universe' - The Times

'Chown is good company. He tells his story clearly and sets out the key ideas without recourse to jargon and intimidating mathematics . . . "There has never been a better time to study gravity," Arkani-Hamed insists, and Chown's eminently readable book helps us understand why' - Guardian 

'Compact and accessible while remaining comprehensive. A welcome addition to anyone's popular science library, written in a relaxed style and full of relevant quotations' - BBC Sky at Night Magazine

'Timely, accessible and peppered with quotes from Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, this history of something we all feel but still cannot quite grasp has an admirably light touch' - The Sunday Times 

'Chown's fascinating guide to the force of gravity follows its story from Newton to the as yet undiscovered quantum theory of gravity - the holy grail of 21st-century physics. He concludes that the greatest questions in science (Where did the universe come from? What are space and time?) are tantalisingly close to being answered' - Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

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