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The lighter side of gravity

Author: Jayant Vishnu Narlikar
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Gravity is the most enigmatic of all known basic forces in nature. Yet it controls everything from the motion of ocean tides to the expansions of the entire Universe. Many books use technical jargon and high-powered maths to explain what gravity is all about. In The lighter side of gravity, the presentation is beautifully clear and completely nontechnical. Familiar analogies, interesting anecdotes, and numerous
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jayant Vishnu Narlikar
ISBN: 0521550092 9780521550093 0521565650 9780521565653
OCLC Number: 34411359
Description: xii, 217 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Jayant V. Narlikar.
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Gravity is the most enigmatic of all known basic forces in nature. Yet it controls everything from the motion of ocean tides to the expansions of the entire Universe. Many books use technical jargon and high-powered maths to explain what gravity is all about. In The lighter side of gravity, the presentation is beautifully clear and completely nontechnical. Familiar analogies, interesting anecdotes, and numerous illustrations are used throughout to get across subtle.

Effects and difficult points. The coverage is, however, comprehensive and makes no compromise with accuracy. This second edition has been brought completely up to date and expanded to include the discovery of gigantic gravitational lenses in space, the findings of the COBE satellite, the detection of MACHOs, the investigation of the very early Universe, and other new ideas in cosmology. In short, this lucid and stimulating book presents 'the lighter side' of the.

Intriguing phenomena of 'gravity' to the student and general reader.

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