The Ascent of Gravity

  • by Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 recognised 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'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?
Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.
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Interesting approach, but not much new

If one is accustomed to the work of folks like Brian Greene and Stephen Hawking, this is pretty thin stuff. Entertaining, but not terribly enlightening. I gave the narrator one star because she does AWFUL German and Danish accents for Einstein, Bohr, and others. There was no call for that at all.
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- Ron

Questionable narration

Who made this poor lady do all those accents and impressions. Spoiled an otherwise good performance. To the producers: these embellishments were really not needed.
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- mark robinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2017
  • Publisher: Orion