The Trouble with Gravity by Richard Panek

The Trouble with Gravity

"A thoughtful meditation on the mythic, cultural, philosophical and, yes, scientific implications of what happens when a wet potato or a crystal vase slips from your hand."—Billy Collins A mind-bending exploration of gravity, the universe's greatest mystery. What is gravity? Nobody knows—and just about nobody knows that nobody knows. How something so pervasive can also be so mysterious, and how that mystery can be so wholly unrecognized out...

Details The Trouble with Gravity

TitleThe Trouble with Gravity
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Physics, Popular Science

Reviews The Trouble with Gravity

  • Rama
    Gravity: A tour of a heavy topic Gravity is a fundamental force that creates physical reality we experience and become conscious of. Three major figures of science unlocked the mysteries gravity: Galileo, the first to take a close look at the process of free and restricted fall; Newton, originator of the concept of gravity as a universal force; and Einstein, who proposed that gravity is a curvature of the four-dimensional space-time continuum. Bu...
  • Dan Trefethen
    This is a fairly breezy overview of the topic of gravity - how it was perceived in centuries past, how it was reconceived during the Age of Reason, and how it has come to be measured. The really exciting stuff (Black Holes! Gravitational Lensing! Multiverses!) doesn't come until near the end. I found myself skimming through the early chapters which dealt with a fair amount of mysticism and misunderstanding. The technical parts are explained for a...
  • Rick Edwards
    An eminently readable book on a challenging subject. It leaves me as dissatisfied as is the world of science with the lack of answers, and as daunted as ever with the prospect of more frequent falls as I grow older.