Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Physics of Gravity. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
Instant New York Times best seller A Science News Favorite Science Book of 2019 As you listen to these words, copies of you are being created. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th-century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything. Most physicists haven’t even recognized the uncomfortable truth: Physics has been in crisis since 1927. Quantum mechanics has always had obvious gaps - which have come to be simply ignored. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, how impossible it is to understand. Academics discourage students from working on the "dead end" of quantum foundations. Putting his professional reputation on the line with this audacious yet entirely reasonable audiobook, Carroll says that the crisis can now come to an end. We just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe. There are many, many Sean Carrolls. Many of every one of us. Copies of you are generated thousands of times per second. The Many Worlds Theory of quantum behavior says that every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with everything in it the same, except in that other world, the quantum event didn't happen. Step-by-step in Carroll's uniquely lucid way, he tackles the major objections to this otherworldly revelation until his case is inescapably established. Rarely does a book so fully reorganize how we think about our place in the universe. We are on the threshold of a new understanding - of where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of.
- Author: Sean Carroll
- Genre: Science & Math, Physics, Gravity
2. Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
“The man who makes physics sexy . . . the scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking.” — The Times Magazine From the New York Times –bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics , The Order of Time , and the forthcoming Helgoland , a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? In elegant and accessible prose, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli leads us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics . Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered.
- Author: Carlo Rovelli
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (January 23, 2018)
- Genre: Science & Math, Physics
- ISBN: 978-0735213937
- Dimensions: 5.53 x 0.74 x 8.25 inches
3. Gravity Falls 1: Ultimate journaling book for gravity falls, Diarios Gravity Falls 1 2 3
Gravity Falls Journal The child's joy and smile is definitely a priceless moment! Make fans of the "GRAVITY FALLS" series jump for joy after receiving this book! This Dipper's Journal will be a great gift book for Gravity Falls lovers of all ages and also just for someone who's watching this mystery comedy series. Gravity falls journals Product Details: Blank lined pages with alien themes Pages to create Doodles. Details Journal 6 x 9-inch format, 120 pages, which offer enough space for notes, thoughts, or projects, Stylish matte finish cover, High-quality paper, Perfect as a gift for any gift-giving occasion, birthdays or Christmas, Buy It Now for you or as a gift to someone you love Enjoy♥♥
- Author: A-O Publishing
- Publisher: Independently published (January 31, 2021)
- Genre: Children's Books, Education & Reference
- ISBN: 979-8702956022
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches
4. Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
A contrarian argues that modern physicists' obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these "too good to not be true" theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth.
- Author: Sabine Hossenfelder
- Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics, Geometry & Topology, Differential Geometry
5. THE RATIONAL UNIVERSE: EINSTEIN'S BEST IDEA
Einstein's idea of a "Cosmic Constant" was scorned for many decades. But lately, scientific attitudes have changed. Physicists now universally recognize the need for black energy and black matter. Physicists realize a vast amount of invisible material and energy is necessary to keep the universe together and to explain other phenomena--such as why the edges of galaxies speed far too fast to stay attached, but do so anyway. And the current theories of elemental particles now suggest a vast range of phantom-particles—these can appear and disappear anywhere in space, possessing great amounts of energy. These phantom particles blink in and out of existence in space, from other dimensions perhaps, to facilitate the normal changes and interactions between elemental particles. Finally, a Higgs boson has been validated, a semi-phantom particle available to allow other atomic particles to possess something important, mass. Wow! If classic science can accept such impossibly strange additions to its already complex quantum universe, Einstein’s “cosmic constant” seems strangely possible. In fact, let us assume it exists. What is it? And how does it shape the universe it controls?
- Author: RALPH BOURNE
- Publisher: Independently published (August 21, 2018)
- Genre: Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science
- ISBN: 978-1719843256
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches
6. The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe
A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and Coltrane More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music. Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics' most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim -- The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres," taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics. The Jazz of Physics will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.
- Author: Stephon Alexander
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (December 5, 2017)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
- ISBN: 978-0465093571
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
7. Baby Loves Gravity! (Baby Loves Science)
Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well! With tongue firmly in cheek, the Baby Loves Science series is a fun-filled introduction to STEM concepts for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups.
- Author: Ruth Spiro
- Publisher: Charlesbridge; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2018)
- Genre: Children's Books, Science, Nature & How It Works
- ISBN: 978-1580898362
- Dimensions: 7 x 0.55 x 7 inches
8. Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
"It would be hard to imagine a better guide to this difficult subject." -- Scientific American In Three Roads to Quantum Gravity , Lee Smolin provides an accessible overview of the attempts to build a final "theory of everything." He explains in simple terms what scientists are talking about when they say the world is made from exotic entities such as loops, strings, and black holes and tells the fascinating stories behind these discoveries: the rivalries, epiphanies, and intrigues he witnessed firsthand. "Provocative, original, and unsettling." -- The New York Review of Books "An excellent writer, a creative thinker." -- Nature
- Author: Lee Smolin
- Publisher: Basic Books; 3rd edition (August 8, 2017)
- Genre: Science & Math, Physics
- ISBN: 978-0465094547
- Dimensions: 5.55 x 1.05 x 8.25 inches
9. Introducing Newton: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...)
"Introducing Newton" explains the extraordinary ideas of a man who sifted through the accumulated knowledge of centuries, tossed out mistaken beliefs, and single-handedly made enormous advances in mathematics, mechanics and optics. By the age of 25, entirely self-taught, he had sketched out a system of the world. Einstein's theories are unthinkable without Newton's founding system. He was also a secret heretic, a mystic and an alchemist, the man of whom Edmond Halley said, 'Nearer to the gods may no man approach!'.
- Author: William Rankin
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (June 18, 2015)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science & Math
10. Causality, Electromagnetic Induction, and Gravitation: A Different Approach to the Theory of Electromagnetic and Gravitational Fields, 2nd edition
This book is a strikingly new exploration of the fundamentals of Maxwell's electromagnetic theory and of Newton's theory of gravitation. Starting with an analysis of causality in the phenomenon of electromagnetic induction, the author discovers a series of heretofore unknown or overlooked electromagnetic interdependencies and equations. One of the most notable new results is the discovery that Maxwell's equations do not depict cause and effect relations between electromagnetic phenomena: causal dependencies in electromagnetic phenomena are found to be described by solutions of Maxwell's equations in the form of retarded electric and magnetic field integrals. A consequence of this discovery is that, contrary to the generally accepted view, time-variable electric and magnetic fields cannot cause each other and that both fields are simultaneously created by their true causative sources -- time-dependent electric charges and currents. Another similarly important discovery is that Lenz's law of electromagnetic induction is a manifestation of the previously ignored electric force produced by the time-dependent electric currents. These discoveries lead to important new methods of calculations of various electromagnetic effects in time- depended electromagnetic systems. The new methods are demonstrated by a variety of illustrative examples. Continuing his analysis of causal electromagnetic relations, the author finds that these relations are closely associated with the law of momentum conservation, and that with the help of the law of momentum conservation one can analyze causal relations not only in electromagnetic but also in gravitational systems. This leads to the discovery that in the time-dependent gravitational systems the momentum cannot be conserved without a second gravitational force field, which the author calls the "cogravitational, or Heaviside's, field." This second field, first predicted by Heaviside, relates to the gravitational field proper just as the magnetic field relates to the electric field. The author then generalizes Newton's gravitational theory to time-dependent systems and derives causal gravitational equations in the form of two retarded integrals similar to the retarded integrals for the electric and magnetic fields introduced previously. One of the most important consequences of the causal gravitational equations is that a gravitational interaction between two bodies involves not one force (as in Newton's theory) but as many as five different forces corresponding to the five terms in the two retarded gravitational and cogravitational field integrals. These forces depend not only on the masses and separation of the interacting bodies, but also on their velocity and acceleration and even on the rate of change of their masses. A series of illustrative examples on the calculation of these new forces is provided and a graphical representation of these forces is given. The book concludes with a discussion of the possibility of antigravitation as a consequence of the negative equivalent mass of the gravitational field energy. The book is written in the style and format of a textbook. The clear presentation, the detailed derivations of all the basic formulas and equations, and the many illustrative examples make this book well suitable not only for independent studies but also as a supplementary textbook in courses on electromagnetic theory and gravitation. The second edition of the book refines and improves the first edition, especially in the presentation and development of Newton's gravitational theory generalized to time-dependent gravitational systems. The book has been augmented by several new Appendixes. Particularly notable are Appendixes 5, 6, and 8. Appendixes 5 and 6 present novel "dynamic" electric and gravitational field maps of rapidly moving charges and masses. Appendix 8 contains the little-known but extremely important Heaviside's 1893 article on the generalization of Newton's gravitational theory.
- Author: Oleg D. Jefimenko
- Publisher: Electret Scientific Co; 2nd edition (March 14, 2000)
- Genre: Science & Math, Physics
- ISBN: 978-0917406232
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches