The Universal Force: Gravity - Creator of Worlds

Paperback | March 13, 2014

byLouis Girifalco

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"The Universal Force" conveys the excitement of science and nature's mysteries. It describes gravitation as seen by examining the achievements of those great scientists who have struggled with the seemingly simple facts and managed to extract some truth about the nature of gravity, itsorigins, and its effects. Gravity is intimately tied up with motion, and therefore with time and space, and is responsible for planetary systems, the evolution of stars and the existence of black holes and the very beginning of the Universe. It is the universal force, and to look at gravity is tolook at the deepest aspects of nature. The historical context from Aristotle's teleology through Galileo's conflict with the Church, to Newton's law, and Einstein's curved space time, displays the evolution of the science of gravity as one of the greatest and most fascinating human achievements. Contrary to popular opinion, all importantscience can be understood by anyone, with or without a scientific background. This book shows that the beauty and mysteries of science can be shared with everyone.

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"The Universal Force" conveys the excitement of science and nature's mysteries. It describes gravitation as seen by examining the achievements of those great scientists who have struggled with the seemingly simple facts and managed to extract some truth about the nature of gravity, itsorigins, and its effects. Gravity is intimately tie...

Louis A. Girifalco is the University Professor of Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a world renowned theorist and has authored five books which include works on solid state diffusion, statistical mechanics and technological change, along with many research papers. He is a former Department Head and Laboratory ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:March 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642133

ISBN - 13:9780199642137

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Table of Contents

1. The seeker2. The giants3. The first modern giant4. The grid5. The universal force6. The laws7. The system of the world8. Force and mass9. Two more giants10. Ether11. The genius12. Time and space13. It really is true14. The space-time continuum15. Time warps and bent space16. It stands alone17. This too is true18. Crunch19. Beyond existence20. Absolute space?21. Infinity22. How weird can it get?23. Scientific truth24. The meaning of why25. Final comments

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