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The Lighter Side of Gravity

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521550093

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  • From the drop of an apple to the stately dance of the galaxies, gravity is omnipresent in the Cosmos. Even with its high profile, gravity is the most enigmatic of all the known basic forces in nature. The Lighter Side of Gravity presents a beautifully clear and completely nontechnical introduction to the phenomenon of this force in all its manifestations. Astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar begins with an historical background to the discovery of the law of gravitation by Isaac Newton in the seventeenth century. Using familiar analogies, interesting anecdotes, and numerous illustrations to get across subtle effects and difficult points to readers, he goes on to describe the general theory of relativity and some of its strange and unfamiliar ideas such as curved spacetime, the bending of light, and black holes. Since first publication in 1982 (W.H. Freeman), Dr. Narlikar has brought his book completely up to date and expanded it to include the discovery of gigantic gravitational lenses in space, the findings of the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, the detection of dark matter in galaxies, the investigation of the very early Universe, and other new ideas in cosmology. This lucid and stimulating book presents a clear approach to the intriguing phenomenon of gravity for everyone who has ever felt caught in its grip. Jayant Narlikar is the winner of many astronomical prizes and the author of Introduction to Cosmology (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

    • Suitable for the general reader and student
    • Completely non technical ď avoids jargon and complex maths
    • Many line drawings
    • Uses familiar analogies and entertaining anecdotes
    • Secondd edition has been brought completely up to date and expanded to include new results e.g. discovery of MACHOS, investigations of the early Universe and other new ideas in cosmology (note: 1st edition pub. by W. H. Freeman & Co. in 1982)
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    "...an accessible account of gravity, black holes and the Universe, has been updated, but he retains his sceptical views on the big bang. A refreshing alternative to the received wisdom..." New Scientist

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521550093
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 117 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Jayant Vishnu Narlikar, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

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