Gravity Does Not Exist
Title
Gravity Does Not Exist
Subtitle
A Puzzle for the 21st Century
Translator
Charlotte Lemmens
Price
€ 18,95
ISBN
9789089644466
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
112
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
19 x 19 cm
Table of Contents
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Contents Foreword 3 The Process of Measurement 4 The Process of Progress 8 Laws Ain't 11 Motion 17 Huygens's Relativity 20 Acceleration 25 Gravity 28 Absoluteness Theory 31 Gravity Does Not Exist 35 Reflections 41 Feynman's Web 47 A Twist to the Tale 52 Question for the 21st Century 59 Small Steps, Ellie 68

Reviews and Features

"Vincent Icke is one of the all-too-rare scientists who is also a brilliant expositor. His book presents fundamental ideas to the general reader with beautiful clarity. But even experts will enjoy his distinctive perspective."
- Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society and also master of Trinity College, and professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.

"Gravity Does Not Exist is a very attractive and enjoyable presentation of a fascinating problem."
- Nandor Bokor, assoc. prof. Department of Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

" Icke takes on Einstein's theory of gravitation and succeeds beyond one's expections."
-Martin Veltman, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics (1999)

"A fascinating view on two essential facets of modern physics: relativity and quantum theory - are they irreconcilable or not? An original explanation by a passionate expert all the way through to the foundations of the theory."
- Jos Engelen, Former Scientific Director of CERN; President, NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research)

Vincent Icke

Gravity Does Not Exist

A Puzzle for the 21st Century

Every scientific fact was born as an opinion about the unknown - a hypothesis. Opinion gradually becomes fact as evidence piles up to support a theory. But what if there are two theories, each of which has produced a myriad of things that correspond perfectly to the phenomena but can't be combined into one? One theory replaced the mystery of gravity with a precise model of space and time. The other theory replaced the mystery of matter with a description of quantum particles.

As we understand our universe, we keep each in its own domain: space and time for very large things, particles for the very small ones. However, 13.8 billion years ago, those two incompatible domains belonged to a single realm. Who in the current or future generations of physicists will crack this seemingly impossible puzzle? This, contends the author, is not just a big question, but the biggest question in physics in our century.

Combining Ickes's first-hand knowledge with a robust argument and intellectual playfulness, this fascinating book succeeds in making a notoriously difficult subject accessible to all readers interested in a better grasp of our universe.
Author

Vincent Icke

Vincent Icke is hoogleraar theoretische astrofysica aan de Universiteit Leiden, bijzonder hoogleraar Kosmologie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en beelden kunstenaar en publicist.