By Prabhakar Gondhalekar
For me, a well-written technological know-how background comprises 3 issues. It establishes the context for the discoveries and advancements. It thoroughly describes the appropriate information of the experiments in order that the implications, interpretations and conclusions may be understood. eventually, it discusses the results of the advancements. the writer accomplishes all 3 to my pride during this e-book. the tale of gravity contains many subplots. every one half contributes a bit to the constructing notion of gravity. the writer skillfully weaves the items right into a coherent tale. alongside the best way he provides information that problem universal misconceptions approximately gravity, clarifies myths in regards to the well-known personalities who've demystified points of gravity and introduces much less commonplace yet influential members to our still-evolving realizing of gravity. The booklet is accomplished adequate to fulfill my requisites for a well-written technology heritage, yet now not so over-burdened with aspect that it turns into bulky to persist with the most plot. It reads like a suspense tale for a reader who is drawn to technology heritage.
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The Aristotelian qualities were assigned an intensity and extension, which were represented by the height and base, respectively, of a geometric ﬁgure. The area of the ﬁgure was then considered to represent the quantity of the quality. In the important case of motion (a quality) of a body, the intensity is its speed or velocity, and extension the time of travel. The area of the ﬁgure was taken to represent the distance covered by the body. Uniformly accelerated motion galileo 53 starting with zero velocity was deﬁned by a triangle.
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The Grip of Gravity by Prabhakar Gondhalekar