The Ascent of Gravity by Marcus Chown
The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

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But today’s leading gravity theorists are not downcast. To find out where they believe their subject is heading, Chown has talked with several experts, including the Canadian Nima Arkani-Hamed, a highly regarded theoretician based at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton.
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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.
 

About Marcus Chown

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Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. He is the author of Solar System, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead, and The Magic Furnace. He lives in England.
 
Published April 6, 2017 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Genres: Science & Math.
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Kirkus

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on Aug 28 2017

A fine report on the latest piece of the puzzle that may, sooner or later, enable physicists to explain everything.

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Reviewed by Graham Farmelo on Apr 19 2017

But today’s leading gravity theorists are not downcast. To find out where they believe their subject is heading, Chown has talked with several experts, including the Canadian Nima Arkani-Hamed, a highly regarded theoretician based at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton.

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