The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognized and described yet it is the least understood. It is a "force" that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." A Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first ...

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Title:The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
Author:Marcus Chown
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Genres:Science
ISBN:1681775379
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything Reviews

  • Ray
    Mar 07, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

  • Daniel Espinoza
    Feb 09, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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  • Brian Clegg
    Mar 30, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

  • John Kaye
    Dec 11, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

  • Rob
    Apr 28, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

  • Dan Graser
    Jan 06, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

  • Mohonri
    Apr 18, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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  • Tin Lizzy
    Mar 29, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

  • Liuhh
    Oct 13, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

  • Sara
    Sep 04, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

  • Paul
    Mar 06, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

  • Kerry Slade
    May 25, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

  • Rachel Parrott
    Oct 10, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

  • Fred P
    Feb 20, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

  • Greg Cantrell
    Feb 14, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

  • Douglas Lord
    Dec 05, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

  • John Gribbin
    May 13, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

  • Michael Foster
    Oct 12, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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  • Briana
    Apr 21, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

  • Scott Birse
    Jan 19, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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  • Jim Kuhlman
    Nov 23, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

    ...

  • Sam
    Jul 22, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

  • Joseph Williams
    May 09, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

  • Deepak Saxena
    Apr 13, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

  • Nino
    Apr 08, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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  • Lawrence
    Jul 08, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

  • âś© Ashley âś©
    Feb 11, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

  • Jonathan Davies
    Jan 01, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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  • Lynn Hurst
    Dec 02, 2017

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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  • David E.
    Feb 21, 2018

    Marcus Chown is one of the UK's best writers on physics and astronomy - it's excellent to see him back on what he does best. Here we discover our gradual approach to understanding the nature of gravity - the 'ascent' of the title - which, though perhaps slightly overblown in the words ...

    As the story goes, in 1666 Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree, and it was this simple action that gave him the inspiration to develop the theory and the mathematics that was first published in 1687 in Philosophić Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of ...

    I did a double review of two books for the Wall Street Journal, so posting it under both titles! The Ascent of Gravity Marcus Chown Pegasus On Gravity A. Zee Princeton Gravity has become a hot topic in science, with the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric...

    From Newton to Einstein to the present theories of cosmology. Chown takes us through a universe which shows itself to be a dichotomy of truths. Everyone knows that gravity is an attractive force..right? Well it appears that it also has a dark side which is helping the universe to expan...

    Gravity is one of those concepts everyone thinks they understand, only occasionally discovering that their notions of gravity are identical to those held in the time of Newton. Curiously enough, just as in every other area of scientific inquiry, there have been significant new discover...

    Not the first time I've read through to the end of a Marcus Chown and realised that, though there are some good stories and some nice linking of events and people, I'm not much better educated about the subject matter than when I started. Perhaps I should stop reading the author! ...

    Growing up in rural Connecticut presented some difficulties, namely, finding anything to do. Reading proved a dependable pastime and mostly I scrounged through whatever books were left laying around by my six older siblings. The Caine Mutiny, comic books, The Oxford Companion to Americ...

    Since the book is written in 2017, it has an advantage of being definite about gravitational waves. It gives the book a promising start and defines its central focus on gravity. It is divided into three parts - first one dealing with classical gravity (aka Newton), second one with spac...

    The only downside of this book was the reader (I listened to the audio). When she kept her natural British accent she was fine, but whenever she switched to accents when quoting Einstein (German) or American accents, she sounded ridiculous; that was distracting. Her American accent sou...

    I really enjoyed this read. The first two sections (Newton and Einstein) were really clear and written with humour and I enjoyed the historical context given, but none of it was at the expense of glossing over the science which I really appreciated. It also didn't shy away from discuss...

    Chown writes about the most brilliant minds in science, especially Newton and Einstein. Those early sections of the book were interesting, reading about who these individuals were, and how they came to the discoveries they made. The later sections, getting into string theory, quantum...

    Some concepts required further reading, but otherwise, this is a splendid book that presents a perceptive view into what gravity really is. Highly recommended to anyone who is curious about the major developments and seeking basic explanations regarding this topic - from Newton to Eins...

    Good, solid story about gravity, with some quantum mechanics and cosmological problems thrown in. It doesn't electrify the reader - and was not a page-turner. The story of Einstein is compelling though. Also the modern cosmology questions are covered briefly, which make it timely. ...

    Very accessible science history. Chapters are nicely organized in 3 Sections: Newton, Einstein and Beyond Einstein. ...

    A very interesting read. Much was way over my head, but always enjoy the sciences. ...

    Might be interesting for someone more of a novice in physics, but for me NBD. ...

    Review to come ...

    One of the best overviews of the history and laws of physics that I have read. Worth reading again. ...

    Highly recommend the Audible version narrated by Adjoa Andoh - one of my now very favorite audiobook narrators! ...

    Great book very intresting ...

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a brief history of our understanding of gravity from Newton to Today. I appreciate that it was not completely ?dumbed down? instead approachable and encouraged continued reading for anyone (like myself) who has not studied physics o...

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