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Gravity [Hardcover]

Brian Clegg
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25 Oct 2012
Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity may the most obvious, but it is also the most mysterious. Newton managed to predict the force of gravity but couldn't explain how it worked at a distance. Then Einstein picked up on the simple premise that gravity and acceleration are interchangeable to devise his mind-bending General Relativity, showing how matter warps space and time. Not only did this explain how gravity worked - and how apparently simple gravitation has four separate components - but it predicted everything from black holes to gravity's effect on time. Whether it's the reality of anti-gravity or the unexpected discovery that a ball and a laser beam drop at the same rate, gravity is the force that fascinates.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715643606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715643600
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian's most recent book is The Quantum Age. He has written many other science titles, including the bestselling Inflight Science, The God Effect, Before the Big Bang, Ecologic, A Brief History of Infinity, Build Your Own Time Machine, The Universe Inside You, Gravity, Extra Sensory and Dice World, which is on the longlist for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

Born in Rochdale, Lancashire, UK, Brian read Natural Sciences (specializing in experimental physics) at Cambridge University. After graduating, he spent a year at Lancaster University where he gained a second MA in Operational Research, a discipline developed during the Second World War to apply mathematics and probability to warfare and since widely applied to business problem solving.

From Lancaster, he joined British Airways, where he formed a new department tasked with developing hi-tech solutions for the airline. His emphasis on innovation led to working with creativity guru Dr. Edward de Bono, and in 1994 he left BA to set up his own creativity consultancy, running courses on the development of ideas and the solution of business problems. His clients include the BBC, the Met Office, Sony, GlaxoSmithKline, the Treasury, Royal Bank of Scotland and many others.

Brian has also written regular columns, features and reviews for numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Observer, Playboy, Nature, The Times, Personal Computer World, BBC Focus, BBC History, Good Housekeeping and House Beautiful. His books have been translated into many languages, including German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Norwegian, and Indonesian.

Brian has given sell-out lectures at the Royal Institution in London and has spoken at venues from Oxford and Cambridge Universities to Cheltenham Festival of Science. He has also contributed to radio and TV programs, and is a popular speaker at schools. Brian is also editor of the successful www.popularscience.co.uk book review site and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Brian lives in Wiltshire with his wife and twin children. When not writing, he spends time on music, having a passion for Tudor and Elizabethan church music.

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'Clegg's skills never flag, and his account remains lucid and free of jargon, bad jokes, and math phobia' --Kirkus Reviews

'With this book in hand, we have all we need to set off on our next flight with our eyes open to the sheer wonder of what is involved' --Alain de Botton [for Inflight Science]

'Brian Clegg brings in all beautifully down to Earth. Brilliant' --Johnny Ball [for How to Build Your Own Time Machine]

About the Author

Brian Clegg is the author of How to Build Your Own Time Machine. He holds a physics degree from the University of Cambridge and has written regular columns, features and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple a honest transaction 19 Jan 2013
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This is one of the best descriptions I have read of a potentially difficult subject to undertsand. Brian Clegg has written a fine piece of scientific literature
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Why, well the wonders of twitter means that if you have a question, you can now track the author down and ask him it.

The fact that it did not just get a tweet back but a blog post dedicated to the answer from a question asked on page three guaranteed this was going to get 5 stars even if the rest of the book was drivel....which it was not.

you can see the exchange here...

Google "now appearing Blog, Brian Clegg" and goto 7th Jan 2014 entry Called Spin Dizzy

As far as the rest of the book is concerned it was a great read. It was just complex enough for the likes of me, it stretched you but not enough to make you want to give up.

I particularly enjoyed the discussion on other options e.g. Horava Gravity and Hadleys theory.

My sole complaint is nothing to do with the content but the book itself.

It is slightly too thick a book to be in what I think is Crown Octavo and should IMHO have been printed in Medium Octavo, it just did not sit open easily in the hand (allowing a coffee to be held in the other!)

But a very small complaint for a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am sure its good 22 Nov 2012
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But I haven't got round to reading it yet.
I am stuck on Bell's inequality at the moment.
Bell's inequality has ruined my life.
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