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Gravity from the ground up

Author: Bernard F Schutz
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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"This book invites the reader to understand our Universe, not just marvel at it. From the clock-like motions of the planets to the catastrophic collapse of a star into a black hole, gravity controls the Universe. Gravity is central to modern physics: it helps to answer the deepest questions about the nature of time, the origin of the Universe and the unification of the forces of Nature. Weaving together key  Read more...
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Schutz, Bernard F.
Gravity from the ground up.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003
(DLC) 2002020176
(OCoLC)48871210
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard F Schutz
ISBN: 9780511648694 0511648693 0511336969 9780511336966 9780511251900 0511251904 9780511807800 0511807805 1282389440 9781282389441
OCLC Number: 569538123
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 462 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Gravity on Earth: the inescapable force --
And then came Newton: gravity takes center stage --
Satellites: what goes up doesn't always come down --
The Solar System: a triumph for Newtonian gravity --
Tides and tidal forces: the real signature of gravity --
Interplanetary travel: the cosmic roller-coaster --
Atmospheres: keeping planets covered --
Gravity in the Sun: keeping the heat on --
Reaching for the stars: the emptiness of outer space --
The colors of stars: why they are black (bodies) --
Stars at work: factories for the Universe --
Birth to death: the life cycle of the stars --
Binary stars: tidal forces on a huge scale --
Galaxies: atoms in the Universe --
Physics near the speed of light: Einstein stands on Galileo's shoulders. Relating to Einstein: logic and experiment in relativity --
Spacetime geometry: finding out what is not relative --
Einstein's gravity: the curvature of spacetime in the Solar System --
Einstein's recipe: fashioning the geometry of gravity --
Neutron stars: laboratories of strong gravity --
Black holes: gravity's one-way street --
Gravitational waves: gravity speaks --
Gravitational lenses: bringing the Universe into focus --
Cosmology: the study of everything --
Big Bang: the seed from which we grew --
Einstein's Universe: the geometry of cosmology --
Ask the Universe: cosmic questions at the frontiers of gravity --
Appendix A. Useful constants: values used in this book --
Appendix B. Background: what you need to know before you start.
Responsibility: Bernard Schutz.
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