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The Lighter Side of Gravity


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Preface; 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.

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A beautifully clear and completely non-technical guide to the intriguing phenomena of gravity - for the student and general reader.


'an accessible account of gravity, black holes and the Universe ... A refreshing alternative to the received wisdom.' New Scientist 'For readers who really want to get to grips with the concepts and don't mind a few simple equations (on the level of F=ma), Narlikar's exposition is masterly, a model of clarity and illumination. And it is enlivened wtih many interesting side-lights and touches of humour ... This book is not only full of insights, it is also fun.' Werner Israel, Physics World 'This pocket-sized text on a difficult subject makes good reading (a trip home on the train!) for the general reader.' Irish Astronomical Journal ' ... a refreshing read ... rewards await those who concentrate on its contents.' Quentin Stanley, Journal of the British Astronomical Association ' ... clear and simple explanations of basic gravitational phenomena: it does not try to rush headlong into exotica, but takes time to coax the reader through orbits, motions and the fate of stars.' John D. Barrow, The Observatory

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