Reinventing Gravity

Reinventing Gravity

A Physicist Goes Beyond Einstein

Book - 2008
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A bold revision of one of the most successful theories of all time: Einstein's general theory of relativity. Physicists have long known that something is wrong with gravity. Einstein's relativity and the theory of quantum mechanics are fundamentally incompatible, which has prompted the last 30 years of work in string theory and quantum gravity. However, John Moffat has identified a bigger problem: not only does Einstein's theory not work in the world of the very small; it does not seem to work in the world of the very large either. Moffat has developed a modified theory of gravity, or MOG, that can explain the behaviour of our universe as well as Einstein's, without resorting to dubious, yet long-claimed excuse for the existence of invisible "dark matter."

As John Barrow of the University of Cambridge asserts, the simplicity of Moffat's model demands that physicists take this daring new theory seriously. Now, for the first time, Reinventing Gravity introduces general readers to Moffat's groundbreaking new ideas about the universe.

Publisher: Toronto : Thomas Allen Publishers, c2008.
ISBN: 9780887622823
0887622828
Characteristics: 272 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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John_M
Apr 07, 2016

Moffat takes us beyond Einsteins theory of General Relativity into the world of modern physics of dark matter and the multiverse, both of which Moffat feels are likely not the answer to explain modern cosmological issues. He is plugging his own theory in this book. I am surprised that I have not heard more of his theory before as I follow the world of modern physics as a layman. At times Moffat comes across as a bit dismissive of some of the theories which are better publicized. Perhaps his theory is not catchy enough for the press.

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bistace
Mar 13, 2011

While some of this book is very technical and academic, John Moffat does a good job in laying it out in layman terms. It is a very good look at some of the assumptions that modern day physics is making and why they should take a second look. Just because most people believe a theory doesn't mean it's correct.

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ANDREW_CUMBERLAND
Jun 28, 2010

This is a recent lecture given by John [Dec. 2009]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6t_SWTCe-A&annotation_id=annotation_903431&feature=iv

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