[ Reading ] The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (English Edition)Author Marcus Chown – Albawater.co

Entertaining and at times mind boggling guide to the weakest of nature s fundamental forces, which also controls the fate of the universe Manjit Kumar The Times Chown is good company He tells his story clearly and sets out the key ideas without recourse to jargon and intimidating mathematicsThere has never been a better time to study gravity, Arkani Hamed insists, and Chown s eminently readable book helps us understand why Graham Farmelo Guardian 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 bestno one has covered the topic with such a light touch and joie de vivre as ChownIt gives what I think is the best introduction to string theory at this basic descriptive level I ve ever seena very readable exploration of humanity s gradual realisation of what gravity was about with all of Chown s usual sparklea delight Brian Clegg popularscience Everyone thinks it sucks but in most of the Universe it blows That aphoristic introduction hints at the genial wit and scientific flair that await in Marcus Chown s primer on gravity, which traces the historic arc of our understanding of the force He shows how Isaac Newton sPrincipia which distilled fundamental laws from the complexity of the cosmos helps to explain phenomena such as tides He analyses Albert Einstein s reformulation of gravity as warped space time And he gazes into the weird realm of quantum theory and the undiscovered country of the next big questions Barbara Kiser Nature Compact and accessible while remaining comprehensive A welcome addition to anyone s popular science library, written in a relaxed style and full of relevant quotations BBC Sky at Night Magazine A readable romp through the history of cosmology and its possible future, all tied together through the story of how we have understood gravityChown is excellent on bringing out the temporary nature of theories, as well as the messy business of refining them thebookbag An accessible history of the most well known but least understood force Big Issue North Mind bogglingly brilliant booklore Chown s chapter on the tides, from the water in the River Severn to the squeezing and stretching of Jupiter s moon Io, is lovelyOne of the nicest explanations I ve read of the fact that objects of different mass fall at the same rateWe end with the current attempt to reconcile gravity and quantum theory, and a surprisingly accessible and enjoyable discussion of string theory and multidimensional spaceEnjoyably, Chown s book doesn t give the sense that physics is broken I ve come across elsewhere it sthat we re on the cusp of an exciting step change in our understanding Cait MacPhee, professor of biological physics, University of Edinburgh THES The detective mystery aspect of the subject is certainly something Chown captures to perfection FORTEAN TIMESThe Sunday Times Science Book of the Year Does Einstein proudEminently readable GuardianNo one has covered the topic with such a light touch and joie de vivrea delight Brian CleggGravity was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is still the least understood If we can unlock its secrets, the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding 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 into the discovery of gravitational waves in the twenty first century 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