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Re: Who & Where

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Posted by yelmalio/">yelmalio on November 9, 1999 09:15:50 UTC

Who is focused on gravity research

The big names are Kip Thorne, Stephen Hawkings, J. Israel, John Wheeler, Michio Kaku and mumble Misner. Not to mention Roger Penrose, Alan Guth and a host of others active in Cosmology. Nearly every university with a web site has a physics page on Gravity with course notes on it.

I'm not sure that any active research is being done on Gravity as such. Most of the basics have now been hashed out. What remains is understanding the Physics of Gravity in extreme conditions such as inside the Event Horizon of a black Hole and in the early Universe. The interesting stuff is being done in marrying Relativity to Quantum Theory through Gauge Theories and Super-Symmetrical Theories.

as well as try to understand what we KNOW and what we THINK. Can anyony provide an address.

Get a decent book explaining Special and General Relativity. "Hyperspace" by Michio Kaku and "Black Holes and Time Warps, Einsteins outrageous Legacy" by Kip Thorne are good popular accounts of relativity and new reseach. A book I would definitely get hold of is "The New Physics" edited by Paul Davies. Lots of chapters on Gauge and Symmetry theories, Astrophysics and Cosmology. Another good one is "300 Years of Gravitation" edited by Hawkings and Israel, not for the faint hearted though as it has lots of tensor maths in it.

If you really want to understand Gravity get a University level text book on the subject. I seem to remember some one reccomended "Gravity" by Misner, Thorne and Wheeler, it's the bible on the subject.

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