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On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject [Hardcover]

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Author Author : Zee, A.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691174385
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691174389
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 192
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 101240793

A brief introduction to gravity through Einsteins general theory of relativity

Of the four fundamental forces of nature, gravity might be the least understood and yet the one with which we are most intimate. From the months each of us spent suspended in the womb anticipating birth to the moments when we wait for sleep to transport us to other realities, we are always aware of gravity. InOn Gravity, physicist A. Zee combines profound depth with incisive accessibility to take us on an original and compelling tour of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Inspired by Einstein's audacious suggestion that spacetime could ripple, Zee begins with the stunning discovery of gravity waves. He goes on to explain how gravity can be understood in comparison to other classical field theories, presents the idea of curved spacetime and the action principle, and explores cutting-edge topics, including black holes and Hawking radiation. Zee travels as far as the theory reaches, leaving us with tantalizing hints of the utterly unknown, from the intransigence of quantum gravity to the mysteries of dark matter and energy.

Concise and precise, and infused with Zee's signature warmth and freshness of style,On Gravityopens a unique pathway to comprehending relativity and gaining deep insight into gravity, spacetime, and the workings of the universe.

"One of Choice Reviews' Outstanding Academic Titles of 2018"A. Zeeis professor of physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His many books includeEinstein Gravity in a Nutshell,Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, andFearful Symmetry(all Princeton). If you already know a bit about the topic, and are not afraid of a few equations,On Gravitywill take you deeper (if you are very brave, the appendix will even explain the meaning of curved space-time). ---John Gribbin,Wall Street Jol“ú

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