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.
"Chown's book offers readers and their inner atoms an enjoyable introduction to that history." -- Science [praise for Marcus Chown] "A lucid history." -- Booklist [praise for Marcus Chown] "In a series of artfully connected and well-crafted stories, Marcus Chown traces humanity's 2,500-year quest to understand the nature and origin of matter." -- Dallas Morning News [praise for Marcus Chown] "A pretty wonderful book." -- Richard Dawkins, author of 'The Magic of Reality' [praise for Marcus Chown] "Reading a well-written popular science book is one of the great pleasures of modern times, and this guided tour through life, the universe and everything affords that pleasure in abundance." -- The Independent (UK) [praise for Marcus Chown]
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7th November 2017
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.43