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Gravity’s Century

From Einstein’s Eclipse to Images of Black Holes

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$26.95 • £21.95 • €24.50

ISBN 9780674974968

Publication Date: 05/06/2019


192 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

10 photos, 11 illus.


  • Introduction
  • 1. Genesis
    • Deeper Dive: Space and Time, a Perfect Union
    • Deeper Dive: Testing the Equivalence Principle before Einstein
  • 2. From Turmoil to Triumph
    • Deeper Dive: Riemann’s Work and the Metric Tensor
    • Deeper Dive: The Meaning of Einstein’s Equation
  • 3. Eddington on a Mission
    • Deeper Dive: A History of Light Bending
    • Deeper Dive: A Modern-Day Solar Eclipse
  • 4. Expanding the Universe
  • 5. Black Holes and Testing General Relativity
    • Deeper Dive: New Tests of Einstein’s Theory
  • 6. Quantum Gravity
    • Deeper Dive: Black Holes and the Information Paradox
  • 7. Hearing Black Holes
    • Deeper Dive: LIGO and Beyond
    • Deeper Dive: Gravitational Waves Lost and Found
  • 8. Imaging Black Holes
    • Deeper Dive: A History of Illustrating Black Holes
  • Source Notes
  • Further Reading
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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