The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet

The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet

by Richard Panek


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What is gravity? Nobody knows—and just about nobody knows that nobody knows. How something so pervasive can also be so mysterious, and how that mystery can be so wholly unrecognized outside the field of physics, is one of the greatest conundrums in modern science. But as award-winning author Richard Panek shows in this groundbreaking, mind-bending book, gravity is a cold case that’s beginning to heat up.

In The Trouble with Gravity, Panek invites the reader to experience this ubiquitous yet elusive force in a breathtakingly new way. Gravity, Panek explains, structures not only our bodies and our physical world, but also our minds and culture. From our very beginnings, humans’ conceptions of gravity have been inextricably bound to our understanding of existence itself. As we get closer and closer to solving the riddle of gravity, it is not only physics that is becoming clearer. We are also getting to know ourselves as never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358299578
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 477,502
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A Guggenheim Fellow in science writing, RICHARD PANEK is the author of The 4% Universe, which won the American Institute of Physics communication award. He is also the coauthor, with Temple Grandin, of the New York Times bestseller The Autistic Brain.

Table of Contents

Gravity: An Introduction 1

1 Gravity in Our Myths 9

2 Gravity in Matter 35

3 Gravity in Motion 66

4 Gravity as a Fiction 90

5 Gravity as a Fact 122

6 Gravity in Excelsis 145

7 Gravity in Our Bones 180

Gravity: In Conclusion 212

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 220

Bibliography 225

Index 232

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