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The Ascent of Gravity 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 existsGravity, 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?Awardwinning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the force of gravity into the discovery of gravitational waves inAnd, 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 the Author: Marcus Chown

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 the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling ap



10 thoughts on “The Ascent of Gravity

  1. says:

    This is a highly entertaining history of gravity, full of quite interesting anecdotes and the gradual unfolding of our understanding from Newton through Einstein through our quest to reconcile quantum mechanics with the one aspect we're most familiar with but which we understand the least.

    From th


  2. says:

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words 'the force that explains every


  3. says:

    Magnificent, phenomenal, mind blowing book. Who would have thought there's so much to be told about phenomenon that's basic postulate of existence and that we all take for granted? The whole day, I've been going through bookmarks to live through those serial brain orgasms again and I'm still not finished. My brain is in s


  4. says:

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) where he laid out the fo


  5. says:

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles!

    The Ascent of Gravity
    Marcus Chown
    Pegasus
    On Gravity
    A. Zee
    Princeton

    Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space comin


  6. says:

    Not a review but some kind of essay (based on the book)...

    Gravitational waves are bombarding The Earth from all sides at all times. But you don’t know about it. Or maybe you know, but don’t care. Or simply – do not feel it. More likely.

    Ray is going to ask you to stop for a moment today, and listen.

    W


  7. says:

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author!


  8. says:

    Am I gonna spend the last few minutes of 2019 bitching about a popular science book? You bet your gravitational ass I am.

    Everything was all fine and well with this book up until page 200, when the author declared, [...] there is only one candidate for a deeper theory [of gravity] that satisfies the constraints of both special relativity and qua


  9. says:

    The Ascent of Gravity is a treat. It tells the story of what we know about gravity, based on the two biggest investigators of it. Marcus Chown has written a lively, engaging and often funny history of the most basic of scientific puzzles, one we still don’t have a handle on.

    The book divides into two eras: Newton’s and Einstein’s. They both chan


  10. says:

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expand and which may lead to a deeper theory of the universe. This is a great book for thos


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