Gravity by Brian Clegg

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Gravity by Brian Clegg is a worthwhile read and a handy primer for learning the language of a quantum theory of gravitation.
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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.
 

About Brian Clegg

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BRIAN CLEGG holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 336 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Gravity
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus on Mar 01 2012

...Clegg’s skills never flag, and his account remains lucid and free of jargon, bad jokes and math phobia.

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Dallas News

Below average
Reviewed by Fred Bortz on Jun 23 2012

Most problematic is the author’s choice to include a 30-page penultimate chapter that spends a lot of time describing anti-gravity technology... others will consider their inclusion a misstep of some gravity.

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Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Dominy on Jun 18 2012

Lovers of science who are not well versed in its mechanics will find this book absorbing. Recommended.

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Devourer of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jen on May 23 2012

...it was a word-by-word battle and eventually I had to concede defeat.

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Book Kvetch

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Aguilar on Feb 17 2012

Gravity by Brian Clegg is a worthwhile read and a handy primer for learning the language of a quantum theory of gravitation.

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Popular Science

Below average
Reviewed by Peter Spitz on Jun 18 2012

All in all, it won’t appeal so much to the readers of really light weight popular science...

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Polymath at Large

Good
Jul 20 2012

The book entirely is a masterful and accessible survey of the field.

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