The Ascent of Gravity by Marcus Chown

The Ascent of Gravity

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognized and described yet it is the least understood. It is a "force" that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists.Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in scie...

Details The Ascent of Gravity

TitleThe Ascent of Gravity
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Physics, Astronomy

Reviews The Ascent of Gravity

  • Brian Clegg
    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 best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words 'the force that explains everything' (quantum physics does quite a lot too, for example), certainly makes us aware of the importance of this weakest of fundamental ...
  • Sam
    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expand and which may lead to a deeper theory of the universe. This is a great book for those like me who looked into space (pun intended) with glazed eyes in physics. Fo...
  • Dan Graser
    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discoveries and developments in our understanding of this force on huge and infinitesimally small scales. Where this book succeeds is in providing the curious reader with a...
  • Douglas Lord
    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to American History, and lots of Isaac Asimov’s science titles. Like Asimov’s books, Chown’s title is wild—informative, intelligent, and blessedly clear. It does for...
  • Liuhh
    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Einstein to the development of Quantum Mechanics, the language is easy to grasp and scientific jargon is explained clearly when used.
  • John Kaye
    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author!
  • Sara
    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein.
  • Greg Cantrell
    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences.
  • Lawrence
    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD.
  • Rachel Parrott
    Review to come
  • Kerry Slade
    Great book very intresting