Richard Panek: The Trouble with Gravity with Corey S. Powell
Where: Books Are Magic
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What is gravity? Nobody knows—and just about nobody knows that nobody knows. How something so pervasive can also be so mysterious, and how that mystery can be so wholly unrecognized outside the field of physics, is one of the greatest conundrums in modern science. But as award-winning author Richard Panek shows in this groundbreaking, mind-bending book, gravity is a cold case that’s beginning to heat up.
In The Trouble with Gravity, Panek invites the reader to experience this ubiquitous yet elusive force in a breathtakingly new way. In the process, he opens up untold vistas onto the universe and humanity’s place in it. Gravity, Panek explains, structures not only our bodies and our physical world, but also our minds and culture. From our very beginnings, humans’ conceptions of gravity have been inextricably bound to our understanding of existence itself. Thus as we get closer and closer to solving the riddle of gravity, it is not only physics that is becoming clearer. We are also getting to know ourselves as never before.
A Guggenheim Fellow in science writing, Richard Panek is the author of The 4% Universe, which won the American Institute of Physics communication award. He is also the coauthor, with Temple Grandin, of the New York Times bestseller The Autistic Brain.
Corey S. Powell is an award-winning science writer and editor who collaborates with Bill Nye on the podcast Science Rules, and on a series of popular science books including the New York Times bestsellers (crazy, no?) Undeniable and Everything All at Once. Corey was also the senior science writer for the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. As an editor, he ran Discover and American Scientist magazines, was the science editor at Aeon magazine, and was a member of the Board of Editors at Scientific American. He writes the “Out There” blog for Discover, and maintains a popular science Twitter feed called, simply, @coreyspowell.Buy tickets/get more info now