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Advance Praise for Gravity's Arc
"A beautifully written exposition of the still mysterious force that holds our
universe together--and the even more mysterious dark twin that may blow it
--Joshua Gilder, coauthor of Heavenly Intrigue
"A lucid book as up-to-date as the effect of gravity on the bones of
--Denis Brian, author of The Unexpected Einstein
How did they do it?
How did one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived retard the study of
gravity for 2,000 years? How did a gluttonous tyrant with a gold nose
revolutionize our view of the solar system? How could an eccentric professor
shake the foundations of an entire belief system by dropping two objects from a
tower? How did a falling apple turn the thoughts of a reclusive genius toward
the moon? And how could a simple patent clerk change our entire view of the
universe by imagining himself riding on a beam of light?
In Gravity's Arc, you'll discover how some of the most colorful, eccentric,
and brilliant people in history first locked, then unlocked the door to
understanding one of nature's most essential forces. You'll find out why
Aristotle's misguided conclusions about gravity became an unassailable part of
Christian dogma, how Galileo slowed down time to determine how fast objects
fall, and why Isaac Newton erased every mention of one man's name from his
magnum opus Principia. You'll also figure out what Einstein meant when he
insisted that space is curved, whether there is really such a thing as
antigravity, and why some scientists think that the best way to get to outer
space is by taking an elevator.