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The Universal Force: Gravity - Creator of Worlds

Louis Girifalco


This book conveys the excitement of science and the mystery of nature. It describes gravitation by examining the achievements of those great scientists who have struggled with the seemingly simple facts and managed to extract some truth about the nature of gravity, its origins, and its effects. Gravity is intimately tied up with motion, time, and space. It is responsible for planetary systems, the evolution of stars, the existence of black holes, and the very beginning of the Universe. To look at gravity is to look at the deepest aspects of nature. The historical context ranges from Aristotle' ... More

Keywords: gravity, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, curved space, mysticism of science, motion, time, space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis Girifalco, author
Department of Materials Science, University of Pennsylvania