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On Gravity : A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject - Anthony Zee

On Gravity

A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject


Published: 24th April 2018
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A brief introduction to gravity through Einstein's general theory of relativity

Of the four fundamental forces of nature, gravity might be the least understood and yet the one with which we are most intimate. From the months each of us spent suspended in the womb anticipating birth to the moments when we wait for sleep to transport us to other realities, we are always aware of gravity. In On Gravity, physicist A. Zee combines profound depth with incisive accessibility to take us on an original and compelling tour of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Inspired by Einstein's audacious suggestion that spacetime could ripple, Zee begins with the stunning discovery of gravity waves. He goes on to explain how gravity can be understood in comparison to other classical field theories, presents the idea of curved spacetime and the action principle, and explores cutting-edge topics, including black holes and Hawking radiation. Zee travels as far as the theory reaches, leaving us with tantalizing hints of the utterly unknown, from the intransigence of quantum gravity to the mysteries of dark matter and energy.

Concise and precise, and infused with Zee's signature warmth and freshness of style, On Gravity opens a unique pathway to comprehending relativity and gaining deep insight into gravity, spacetime, and the workings of the universe.

On Gravity . . . begins its tour of Einstein's general theory of relativity with the discovery of gravitational waves, and lands the reader deep in the mysteries of dark matter and energy.---Liz Else and Simon Ings, New Scientist

ISBN: 9780691174389
ISBN-10: 0691174385
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 24th April 2018
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 14.3 x 22.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1