It’s a force we feel the ef­fects of ev­ery day, but it’s also the most enig­matic. Mar­cus Chown takes a wry look at the con­tra­dic­tory na­ture of grav­ity

Sky at Night Magazine - - CONTENTS - Mar­cus Chown is an award­win­ning writer and broad­caster. His lat­est book is The As­cent of Grav­ity

We find out how the force that keeps our feet on the ground is also one of the most con­fus­ing.

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 bor­row the words of Win­ston Churchill, is “a rid­dle, wrapped in a mys­tery, in­side an enigma”. Any way you look at it, grav­ity seems bonkers – are these its odd­est quirks?

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