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An Apple Books Best Book Of July Panek Has Made A Career Out Of Explaining Things Scientists Themselves May Barely Understand He Takes Evident Pleasure In The Whirl Of New Ideas The Washington Post With A Sustained Sense Of Wonder, Panek Finds The Roots Of Science In Our Myths And Poetry, Uncovering The Provocative Side Of Something We Only Think We Know His Rigorous But Readable Book Won T Reveal What Gravity Is, But Will Challenge Your View Of The Universe And Our Place In It Apple BooksThought Provoking Panek S Inquisitive, Fine Tuned Narrative Is Full Of Character And, Unlike Many Other Books On Physics, Imbued With The Friendly Casualness Of A Coffee Shop Chat As Such, It Will Delight Both Lay Readers And Serious Students Publishers Weekly One Of The Best Of The Postgravitational Waves Discovery Physics Books For Fans Of Popular Science Highly Recommended Library JournalFine Popular Primerexpert Description Of The Spectacular Things That Gravity Does Kirkus Reviews I Ve Long Been A Big Fan Of Richard Panek S Writing He Is Eloquent, Smart, And A Fascinating Thinker, Someone Who Is Able To Get Me Excited About Topics That Would Have Never Even Occurred To Me I Respect And Trust Him And Am Always Eager To See What He Will Write Next Maria Konnikova, New York Times Best Selling Author Of Mastermind And The Confidence Game Richard Panek Moves With Startling Grace And Economy Through The Intersecting Realms Of Philosophy And Physics, Always Asking The Unexpected Question He Has Forced Me To Rethink My Fundamental Assumptions About Gravity And Shown Me How Much We Can Gain By Doing So Andrea Barrett, Author Of The Air We Breathe And Archangel In The Trouble With Gravity, Richard Panek Acts As A Guide, Both Amiable And Erudite, Through One Of The Most Puzzling Mysteries Of The Natural World In Explaining The Various Explanations Of Gravity From Classical To Post Modern Times, Panek Draws Us Into A Thoughtful Meditation On The Mythic, Cultural, Philosophical And, Yes, Scientific Implications Of What Happens When A Wet Potato Or A Crystal Vase Slips From Your Hand Billy Collins Gravity Is A Mystery One Of The Greatest It Has Baffled And Teased Humans Since The Dawn Of History And Perplexes Us Still Richard Panek Takes Us On A Journey That Is Original, Brave, And Ultimately Very Beautiful A Reminder That Sometimes Science Isn T A Solution But A Search James Gleick, Author Of Time Travel A History Without Gravity, There Would Be No Earth, No Humans And No Non Fiction Books Which Would Be A Shame, Because We D Miss Out On Richard Panek S Wonderful, Entertaining Work Richard Takes Us On A Vivid Journey From The Arctic To The Tropics, From The Human Skeleton To The Edges Of The Universe, Filling Our Imagination With Counter Intuitive Modern Science And Ancient Philosophy And All Of This Is Delivered In Buoyant, Almost Poetic, Writing So Thank You Gravity And Richard AJ Jacobs, Author Of The Year Of Living Biblically A Thoroughly Researched Tour Of Humanity S Investigations Of Gravity Through The Ages, Including The Very Exciting But Still Unfinished Ones Happening Today Professor Lisa Randall, Author OfDark Matter And The DinosaursA Guggenheim Fellow In Science Writing, RICHARD PANEK Is The Author Of The % 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


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  1. white gold wielder white gold wielder says:

    This book is both very very poor and also very very good.First, the very very poor part This book seems to want to be a feel good book that lets you get the groove of its topic The author aims at satisfying the reader s overall general sense of gravity, as he presents it in terms of its ancient history and even religious points of view, and up to the present.But the feel good fails in several ways First, it has in adequate focus to illicit a sense of joy in the reader Readers need to have some sharp and clear sense of direction and well defined subject matter as a starting point, and this author really fails in that The very vague ideas of up and down of trapped on Earth vs free to soar above and of glued to the ground versus free to move about simply never gel and never become any clearer than they were on the very first page.Secondly, the author does not really know what the actual topic is, it seems Is it the science of gravity No, because ideas of heaven and hell which are covered all too extensively in the beginning are never at all shown as relevant to the scientific ideas about graviation, which began with Newton one might say with Kepler, who had some vague notions along the idea of a force guiding the planets Is the topic philosophy of gravity No, because the very brief discussions regarding ancient philosophers Arisitotle and a few others are not carried forward and linked to the scientific concepts when they come into play later in the book Is the topic religious ideals and gravity No again, because the heaven and hell motifs are dropped competely and never raised in tandem with the science or philosophy And so, it is not a science of gravity book it is not a philosophy of gravity book and it is not a religious ideals and gravity book The book is unaware of its own there, or else one could say that it has no theme, or at least no one umbrella theme that carries readers from start to finish.One might have hoped at when the scientific portion of the book is reached with Newton and then with Einstein then at least the reader s desire for a clear idea of the value of science might be given Such a hope is quickly dashed, as one is simply given doubt and ennui regarding the science One is given no sense at all that the science shows any progress at all relative to the ancient Greek phiilosophy or medeival religion which it supplements and in somse sense at least partially replaces There is no feeling that Rennassaince science of the seventeenth and eighteenth century offers any progress at all over our prior views And when at last Einstein s gravitation is discussed, we again are given no reason to see why it extends mankinds understanding to greater vistas of the cosmos.I m sorry that this book is so poor on so many levels.And now to the very very good part What can be said in a positive light is the book s comprehensive nature I would bet that not significant one point of view religious, philosophical or scientific is missed I am particularly interested in Isaac Newton s graviation and where one can go from there I am fascinated by the Cavendish experiment which was offered in this book and its importance mentioned No one who wishes to get a feeling for grviataion can miss out on the intriguing demonstration that gravity can be seen operating the small scale, for example, between two masses that can be both present in a room I am also fascinated by the difference between what Newton s sucessors in classical physics did and what he did Newton did not seem to believe or to formulate the idea that solar systems might be initiated by the force of gravity This was left to LaGrange LaPlace who developed the nebular hypothesis regarding motions of particles which collect into planetesimals, which collect into small moons and planets, etc Finally, I was only vaguely aware of the facts regarding how Newton s physics was accepted in his own day and among his own peers It is quite fascinating to hear about how and why others were dissatisfied with what Newton did In light of the vast spectacle of technology which has followed from Newton s laws aerodynamics, astrodynamics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and so on, all too many great scientific minds in Newton s day saw his work as grossly inadequate.And so, this book is both very very poor and also very very good.


  2. Paul Preuss Paul Preuss says:

    Richard Panek is one of America s best science writers Actually he s than that Instead of discoveries, breakthroughs, and other clich s that characterize much science writing, Panek is interested in the evolution of thought in the men and women who have struggled frequently at odds with one another to understand puzzles that have persisted for up to thousands of years and in the changing spirits of the times that often determine those thinkers successes or failures Because of Panek s broad perspective, The Trouble With Gravity is both powerful and unique.The book s subtitle promises to solve a mystery, and in fact solves many The one it can t solve is what gravity IS Just three pages in we learn that physicists beginning with Kip Thorne, Nobel Prize winner for his part in the detection of gravitational waves and movie maker an executive producer of Interstellar and cocreator of its storyline think that What is gravity is a meaningless question On page seven Panek drops the other shoe I ll give away the ending of this book I still won t know what gravity is People were trying to understand gravity long before it was named after gravitas, Latin for weight or accepted as having something to do with what Earth is made of To humans it seems to be a strong force, which can hurt us badly if we slip and fall Just such an incident in a library started Panek pondering this utterly common yet utterly mysterious phenomenon.While the ancients ideas were shrewd and subtle, they were often mistaken Within the last two centuries we ve realized that gravity is actually weak indeed, than a million billion billion billion times weaker than the familiar electromagnetic force Panek uses one of my favorite illustrations to make the point the entire mass of planet Earth is required to hold a paper clip down on a tabletop a toy magnet lifts it easily.In the mythic past it seemed obvious that we live in a divided universe, the down here and the up there, the part we stand on and the part overhead Down here is where weight drags us down the worst of it is underneath us, called Tartarus or Hell or some equivalent thereof The fun part is overhead, where we can watch the sun as it moves across the sky by day, or follow the moon and planets by night against a glittering backdrop of fixed stars What, besides the gods, causes these varied motions Panek examines an early answer from the last chapter of Plato s Republic ca 380 BCE Plato creates the myth of a soldier named Er who returns from the dead, sent as a kind of messenger from the judges of the afterworld He reports that the judges direct bad souls to the left and down and good ones to the right and up the nature of up, the heavens, is meticulously described as a mechanism involving a whirling spindle Its internal details resemble Ptolemy s Earth centered nested spheres ca 150 CE and Copernicus s sun centered ones 1543 CE.This remarkable forerunner of astronomical proposals that would still be in play two thousand years later is the kind of surprise Panek s book revels in Wilder surprises abound in his treatment of Aristotle, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, and others whom Panek calls the usual suspects From myth to metaphysics to the unfolding of the scientific method itself, the theme throughout The Trouble With Gravity is its elusive nature Although he had plenty of critics and shocked resisters, Newton defined his theory which, not incidentally, erased the distinction between up there and down here with such mathematical precision that it lasted without significant alteration for over 200 years Still, Newton was distressed by it that one body may act upon another at a distance thro a Vacuum is to me so great an Absurdity that I believe no Man who has a competent Faculty of thinking can ever fall into it Nevertheless, he was forced to accept the absurdity his own math was the proof.It took Einstein to introduce a major amendment to Newton s theory The fundamental thesis of General Relativity is that matter bends space and space guides matter The result is a collection of previously unimaginable distortions of both time and space, including gravitational lenses, black holes, and the reluctant but unavoidable acceptance of multiple universes as a reasonable answer to why gravity is so weak as Panek puts it, gravity may be something that bleeds into our universe from an adjoining universe, or an artifact from a colliding universe There s much to The Trouble With Gravity, but I ll leave that in the readers hands What makes this book so compelling is its attention to the human struggle to extract meaning from an intricate universe Panek s empathy for the searchers, from the most ancient philosophers and myth makers to today s brightest young theorists and experimentalists, is what makes the scientific quest come alive He puts it well and so the ancient conversation continues.