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Gravity from the Ground Up : An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity - Bernard F. Schutz

Gravity from the Ground Up

An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity

Hardcover Published: 4th December 2003
ISBN: 9780521455060
Number Of Pages: 490

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This book invites the reader to understand our Universe, not just marvel at it. From the clock-like motions of the planets to the catastrophic collapse of a star into a black hole, gravity controls the Universe. Gravity is central to modern physics, helping to answer the deepest questions about the nature of time, the origin of the Universe and the unification of the forces of nature. Linking key experiments and observations through careful physical reasoning, the author builds the reader's insight step-by-step from simple but profound facts about gravity on Earth to the frontiers of research. Topics covered include the nature of stars and galaxies, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, black holes, gravitational waves, inflation and the Big Bang. Suitable for general readers and for undergraduate courses, the treatment uses only high-school level mathematics, supplemented by optional computer programs, to explain the laws of physics governing gravity.

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Prefacep. xiii
Background: what you need to know before you startp. xxiii
Gravity on Earth: the inescapable forcep. 1
And then came Newton: gravity takes center stagep. 9
Satellites: what goes up doesn't always come downp. 19
The Solar System: a triumph for Newtonian gravityp. 25
Tides and tidal forces: the real signature of gravityp. 39
Interplanetary travel: the cosmic roller-coasterp. 51
Atmospheres: keeping planets coveredp. 65
Gravity in the Sun: keeping the heat onp. 85
Reaching for the stars: the emptiness of outer spacep. 103
The colors of stars: why they are black (bodies)p. 109
Stars at work: factories for the Universep. 121
Birth to death: the life cycle of the starsp. 135
Binary stars: tidal forces on a huge scalep. 153
Galaxies: atoms in the Universep. 163
Physics at speed: Einstein stands on Galileo's shouldersp. 179
Relating to Einstein: logic and experiment in relativityp. 195
Spacetime geometry: finding out what is not relativep. 211
Einstein's gravity: Einstein climbs onto Newton's shouldersp. 225
Einstein's recipe: fashioning the geometry of gravityp. 239
Neutron stars: laboratories of strong gravityp. 261
Black holes: gravity's one-way streetp. 285
Gravitational waves: gravity speaksp. 309
Gravitational lenses: bringing the Universe into focusp. 331
Cosmology: the study of everythingp. 345
The Big Bang: the seed from which we grewp. 367
Einstein's Universe: the geometry of cosmologyp. 383
Ask the Universe: cosmic questions at the frontiers of gravityp. 391
Values of useful constantsp. 419
Glossaryp. 421
Indexp. 443
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ISBN: 9780521455060
ISBN-10: 0521455065
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 490
Published: 4th December 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 20.3  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.36

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