The Lighter Side of Gravity
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BeschreibungGravity is the most enigmatic of all the known basic forces in nature. This book presents a beautifully clear and completely nontechnical introduction to the phenomemon of this force in all its manifestations. Using familiar analogies, interesting anecdotes, and numerous illustrations to get across the subtle effects and difficult points to readers, astrophysicist Narlikar describes the general theory of relativity and some of its strange and unfamiliar ideas. 23 halftones. 21 graphs. 74 line diagrams. 2 tables.
InhaltsverzeichnisPreface; 1. Why things move; 2. From the falling apple to Apollo II; 3. How strong is gravity?; 4. Fusion reactors in space; 5. Living in curved spacetime; 6. Ocean tides and gravity waves; 7. The strange world of black holes; 8. Cosmic energy machines; 9. The Big Bang; 10. The Universe: from simplicity to complexity; 11. Gravity and the creation of matter; 12. The many faces of gravity.
Pressestimmen'an accessible account of gravity, black holes and the Universe ... A refreshing alternative to the received wisdom.' New Scientist 'For readers who really want to get to grips with the concepts and don't mind a few simple equations (on the level of F=ma), Narlikar's exposition is masterly, a model of clarity and illumination. And it is enlivened wtih many interesting side-lights and touches of humour ... This book is not only full of insights, it is also fun.' Werner Israel, Physics World 'This pocket-sized text on a difficult subject makes good reading (a trip home on the train!) for the general reader.' Irish Astronomical Journal ' ... a refreshing read ... rewards await those who concentrate on its contents.' Quentin Stanley, Journal of the British Astronomical Association ' ... clear and simple explanations of basic gravitational phenomena: it does not try to rush headlong into exotica, but takes time to coax the reader through orbits, motions and the fate of stars.' John D. Barrow, The Observatory
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten