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Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

Timothy Clifton

23 February 2017

ISBN: 9780198729143

120 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Gravity is the most immediately familiar of the four fundamental forces of nature, and its effects dominate many of the phenomena commonly observed. Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity, from Newton's apple to gravitational waves and efforts such as string theory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics.

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Gravity is the most immediately familiar of the four fundamental forces of nature, and its effects dominate many of the phenomena commonly observed. Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity, from Newton's apple to gravitational waves and efforts such as string theory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics.

  • Explains the central role of the force of gravity, from everyday effects on Earth, to planetary motion, to its impact on the expansion of the Universe
  • Describes our growing understanding of gravity from Newton to Einstein, and efforts to link gravity with quantum mechanics
  • Considers the significance of the newly discovered gravitational waves
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Timothy Clifton, Lecturer in Theoretical Cosmology, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Timothy Clifton studied under John Barrow in Cambridge and is now a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a specialist in gravitational physics. He has published many research papers on the subject, as well as co-authoring a cover story on gravity in Scientific American.

Table of Contents

    1:From Newton to Einstein
    2:Gravity in the solar system
    3:Extrasolar tests of gravity
    4:Gravitational waves
    5:Cosmology
    6:Frontiers of gravitational physics
    7:Summary
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"well worth reading" - Physics Education

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