New Stuff Tuesday – October 22, 2019

Gravity's Century Book Cover

Gravity’s Century: From Einstein’s Eclipse to Images of Black Holes
by Ron Cowen
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
QC173.6 .C36 2019

It’s been a while since the Physics Department hosted their Friday night Observatory Lectures. So I’ve selected this astrophysics title to fill that little void in my universe.

Gravity, the elemental principle that attracts stuff to each other, keeps the planets in our solar system merrily orbiting around the sun while firmly planting us to the Earth. It’s a reassuring sort of property – but enigmatic, too. Award-winning science writer, Ron Cowen, explores some of the deep mysteries of gravity — and what is known about its more quirky and unusual properties.

This is the story of the scientific quest to observe the event horizon – that spot just outside a black hole where the power of gravity sucks everything into it. Cool, scary and amazing, huh? If you want to learn more about gravity, Research@UWW offers thousands of books and articles on the topic.

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