The Ascent of Gravity

The Ascent of Gravity

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 the twenty-first century.

Author: Marcus Chown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781474601894

Category: Science

Page: 256

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The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017 'Does Einstein proud . . . Eminently readable' Guardian 'No one has covered the topic with such a light touch and joie de vivre . . . a delight' Brian Clegg Gravity 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 in 1666 to 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.
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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

In Hume, D. (1772/1993) 'Cause and effect: part I', An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. ... among other places, in Chown, M. (2017) The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything.

Author: Tom Chatfield

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526418777

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Page: 328

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Do you need to demonstrate a good argument or find more evidence? Are you mystified by your tutor's comment 'critical analysis needed'? What does it really mean to think well - and how do you learn to do it? Critical thinking is a set of techniques. You just need to learn them. So here’s your personal toolkit for demystifying critical engagement. I’ll show you how to sharpen your critical thinking by developing and practicing this set of skills, so you can… Spot an argument and get why reasoning matters Sniff out errors and evaluate evidence Understand and account for bias Become a savvy user of technology Develop clear, confident critical writing. Designed to work seamlessly with a power pack of digital resources and exercises, you'll find practical and effective tools to think and write critically in an information-saturated age. No matter whether you're launching on your first degree or arriving as an international or mature student, Critical Thinking gives you the skills, insights and confidence to succeed. In your critical thinking toolkit Watch the 10 commandments videos – life rules to change how you think Smart Study boxes share excellent tips to whip your work into shape BuzzFeed quizzes to test what (you think) you know Space to scribble! Journal your thoughts, questions, eureka moments as you go Chat more online with #TalkCriticalThinking Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy here. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!
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Gravity

Gravity

... Everything (Transworld, 2003) Marcus Chown Big Bang: A Ladybird Expert Book: Discover How the Universe Began (Michael Joseph, 2018) Marcus Chown The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything ...

Author: Jim Al-Khalili

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9781405934718

Category: Science

Page: 56

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How does gravity work? Learn from the experts in the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES Discover the vast and momentus effects of this profound force on the world around us, written by celebrated physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili. Inside you will learn: - What is Gravity? - How does it work? - And why are there extreme gravitational environments? Above all, discover how gravity controls the shape of space and the passage of time itself, influencing the history and destiny of the entire Universe. IT'S SO MUCH MORE THAN 'WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN.' Gravity is a fascinating and authoritative introduction to a phenomenon as familiar to us as breathing. Learn about other topics in the Ladybird Experts series including The Big Bang, Quantum Physics, Climate Change and Evolution.
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Understanding Gravitational Waves

Understanding Gravitational Waves

The Ascent of Gravity: The quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything ... Gravitational Waves Volumes 1 and 2, 2018, Michelle Maggiore, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-1987-5528-9 Gravitational Waves: How Einstein's ...

Author: C. R. Kitchin

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030742072

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The Magicians

The Magicians

The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything by Marcus Chown (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2017). * A 'field' is simply something that has a value at every point in space. That may be a number, ...

Author: Marcus Chown

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571346417

Category: Science

Page: 288

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'Marcus Chown rocks!' Brian May How does it feel to know something about the universe that no one has ever known before? And why is mathematics so magically good at revealing nature's secrets? This is the story of the magicians: the scientists who, using mathematics, predicted the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space-time, unsuspected subatomic particles, and even antimatter. The journey from prediction to proof transports us from seats of learning in Paris and Cambridge to the war-torn Russian front, to bunkers beneath nuclear reactors, observatories in Berlin and California, and huge tunnels under the Swiss-French border. From electromagnetism to Einstein's gravitational waves to Wolfgang Pauli's elusive neutrino, acclaimed science writer Marcus Chown takes us on a breathtaking, mind-altering tour of the major breakthroughs of modern physics and highlights science's central mystery: its astonishing predictive power. Praise for Marcus Chown: 'What good popular science writing is all about.' Jim Al-Khalili 'Pretty wonderful.' Richard Dawkins 'Entertaining and at times mind-boggling.' The Times
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Breakthrough

Breakthrough

In the beginning, there were no such molecules; consequently, bigger masses with bigger gravity were required to overcome ... The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything by Marcus Chown (Weidenfeld ...

Author: Marcus Chown

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571374588

Category: Science

Page: 288

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The spellbinding stories of the scientists whose eureka! breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science's astonishing predictive power. 'An excellent popular science book.' DARA Ó BRIAIN 'A thoroughly informative and entertaining read.' ANNA BURNS, Booker Prize-winning author of Milkman 'One of the best-written books about phsyics I have ever come across.' POPULAR SCIENCE 'Highly entertaining and accessible.' IRISH TIMES 'Fascinating, life enhancing entertainment.' PROSPECT 'Thoroughly enjoyable . . . Chown has down it again.' BBC SKY AT NIGHT Breakthrough takes us on a breathtaking, mind-altering tour of the eureka! moments of modern physics. Charting the spellbinding stories of the scientists who predicted and discovered the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space-time, unsuspected subatomic particles and even antimatter, Marcus Chown reveals science's greatest mystery: its astonishing predictive power. *** Breakthrough was previously published in 2020 in hardback under the title The Magicians.
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Quantum Space

Quantum Space

Marcus Chown, The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2017. The footnote in question appears on p. 252. 5. Carlo Rovelli, 'Loop Quantum Gravity: The First 25 ...

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192536815

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Today we are blessed with two extraordinarily successful theories of physics. The first is Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the large-scale behaviour of matter in a curved spacetime. This theory is the basis for the standard model of big bang cosmology. The discovery of gravitational waves at the LIGO observatory in the US (and then Virgo, in Italy) is only the most recent of this theory's many triumphs. The second is quantum mechanics. This theory describes the properties and behaviour of matter and radiation at their smallest scales. It is the basis for the standard model of particle physics, which builds up all the visible constituents of the universe out of collections of quarks, electrons and force-carrying particles such as photons. The discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN in Geneva is only the most recent of this theory's many triumphs. But, while they are both highly successful, these two structures leave a lot of important questions unanswered. They are also based on two different interpretations of space and time, and are therefore fundamentally incompatible. We have two descriptions but, as far as we know, we've only ever had one universe. What we need is a quantum theory of gravity. Approaches to formulating such a theory have primarily followed two paths. One leads to String Theory, which has for long been fashionable, and about which much has been written. But String Theory has become mired in problems. In this book, Jim Baggott describes ": an approach which takes relativity as its starting point, and leads to a structure called Loop Quantum Gravity. Baggott tells the story through the careers and pioneering work of two of the theory's most prominent contributors, Lee Smolin and Carlo Rovelli. Combining clear discussions of both quantum theory and general relativity, this book offers one of the first efforts to explain the new quantum theory of space and time.
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This Book Will Blow Your Mind

This Book Will Blow Your Mind

... Physics of the Universe by Michael Brooks (Scribe 2017) Unbelievable Science: Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind by Colin Barras (Sterling 2018) The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything by Marcus ...

Author: New Scientist

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473628632

Category: Science

Page: 336

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What's the nature of reality? Does the universe ever end? What is time and does it even exist? These are the biggest imagination-stretching, brain-staggering questions in the universe - and here are their fascinating answers. From quantum weirdness to freaky cosmology (like white holes - which spew out matter instead of sucking it in), This Book Will Blow Your Mind takes you on an epic journey to the furthest extremes of science, to the things you never thought possible. This book will explain: Why part of the universe missing (and how scientists finally found it) How time might also flow backwards How human head transplants might be possible (in the very near future) Whether the universe is a hologram And why we are all zombies Filled with counterintuitive stories and factoids you can't wait to share, as well as lots of did-you-knows and plenty of how-did-we-ever-not-knows, this new book from the bestselling New Scientist series will blow your mind - and then put it back together again. You don't need a spaceship to travel to the extremes of science. You just need this book.
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Wormholes Explained

Wormholes Explained

The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything. New York, NY: Pegasus Books, 2017. Hilton, Lisa. The Theory of Relativity. New York, NY: Cavendish Square, 2016. May, Andrew. Albert Einstein: Scientist.

Author: Richard Gaughan

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766099661

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

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A wormhole is a tube-like distortion of time and space connecting distant places in the universe. Wormholes have been featured in many movies, but can they really exist? Wormholes are a prediction of scientific theories, and the precision of mathematics allows them to be described, even before they have ever been seen. Untangling complex physics theories with accessible language and captivating imagery, this book explores the development and evaluation of scientific theories behind wormholes. Supporting the Next Generation Science Standards' emphasis on scientific collection and analysis of data and evidence-based theories, this book will help students grasp the importance of mathematical models of reality, laying the groundwork for a deeper understanding of the nature of science.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction

Her Vision Quest

Her Vision Quest

An Ascent Aspiring Tim Haley ... I have to understand a few things that are going on in my head before I would even know how to explain it. ... Her thoughts were inclined toward understanding the natural forces of gravity.

Author: Tim Haley

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781525568824

Category: Fiction

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This is a story of adventure, friendship, and self-discovery that unfolds in the great wilderness of northern Vancouver Island and the mysterious ruins of an ancient city in Zimbabwe. An Ascent Aspiring follows the younger, lovably intrepid Shirley, as she searches for a lost burial cave in the remote mountains of Vancouver Island. Older, as an archeological illustrator, her work then takes her across the ocean to the grassy savannas of Zimbabwe where she aims to solve an architectural riddle. What secrets will Shirley discover at the ruins of Great Zimbabwe? Immersed in the rich cultures of Shirley’s two adoptive families, First Nations and Shona, An Ascent Aspiring is a must-read for fans of cross-cultural mythology and archeology. At times exhilarating, at others deeply touching, Shirley’s life journey is infused with magic and the warmth of human connection. An Ascent Aspiring satisfyingly completes the Her Vision Quest trilogy.
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