Scientific American: Gravity, and How It Works

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Overview

Gravity is the undisputed king of the cosmos. It reaches from one end of the Universe to the other and influences everything from the fall of an apple to the launch of a spacecraft. Sir Isaac Newton provided the first modern theory of gravity more than 300 years ago, and Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity is the modern rule for gravity. These theories and the scientists' experiments are all described in Gravity, and How It Works.

About the Author:
Peter Jedicke teaches mathematics and science at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Canada

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Ruttig
Produced by the excellent Scientific American magazine, this book is surprisingly sparse in its photos and diagrams. However, despite this, the author succeeds at breaking down complex scientific concepts into readily understandable bites for his readers. He explores how the theory of gravity has evolved over time, from Galileo's early experiments to Newton's Laws of Gravity to Kepler's careful observations of the night sky. Jedicke even manages to explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity in basic terms while still conveying its importance. He also emphasizes how one discovery helped build on another, much as a jigsaw puzzle is put together. The fascinating last chapter focuses on Dark Matter, examining where the study of gravitation may be heading. He shows how the understanding of gravity has led to an expanded knowledge of the universe, from its possible creation to the make-up of the world in string theory. Overall, this fascinating history of gravity gives readers a sense of how recognizing this universal force has changed humanity's destiny, leading to space travel and beyond. Reviewer: Laura Ruttig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791090510
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Series: Scientific American Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,474,736
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Downward Motion     7
The Clockwork Universe     15
Universal Gravity     24
The Triumph of Gravity     32
Einstein's Universe     41
Dark Matter     49
Glossary     58
Bibliography     59
Further Exploration     61
Index     62
About the Author     64
Picture Credits     64
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