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Gravity from the ground up

Author: Bernard F Schutz
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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The author builds the reader's insight step-by-step from simple but profound facts about gravity on Earth to the frontiers of research. Topics covered include the nature of stars and galaxies, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, black holes, gravitational waves, inflation and the Big Bang. These discussions lead to related subjects in physics, such as the nature of light and heat, quantum phenomena and  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard F Schutz
OCLC Number: 57468348
Notes: Originally published: New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Gravity on Earth: the inescapable force --
And then came Newton: gravity takes center stage --
Satellites: what goes up doesn't always come down --
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 --
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 at 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: Einstein climbs onto Newton's shoulders --
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: Values of useful constants --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Bernard Schutz.

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The author builds the reader's insight step-by-step from simple but profound facts about gravity on Earth to the frontiers of research. Topics covered include the nature of stars and galaxies, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, black holes, gravitational waves, inflation and the Big Bang. These discussions lead to related subjects in physics, such as the nature of light and heat, quantum phenomena and nuclear physics, and to the questions that the coming theory of quantum gravity will address. Suitable for general readers and for undergraduate courses, the treatment uses only high-school level mathematics, supplemented by optional computer programs, to achieve an ... understanding of the workings of the laws of gravitational physics from Newton to Einstein.-Back cover.

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