Listen free for 30 days

Listen with offer

  • Gravity's Century

  • From Einstein's Eclipse to Images of Black Holes
  • By: Ron Cowen
  • Narrated by: John Patrick Walsh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

$0.00 for first 30 days

Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection - including bestsellers and new releases.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, celeb exclusives, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
Gravity's Century cover art

Gravity's Century

By: Ron Cowen
Narrated by: John Patrick Walsh
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £13.99

Buy Now for £13.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Listeners also enjoyed...

Is Einstein Still Right? cover art
A Brief History of Black Holes cover art
Relativity for Beginners, the Special and the General Theory cover art
How Evolution Explains Everything About Life cover art
The Shadow of the Black Hole cover art
Dispatches from Planet 3 cover art
The Elephant in the Universe cover art
The Cosmic Revolutionary's Handbook cover art
Learn Game Theory cover art
Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care cover art
Welcome to the Universe cover art
The Quantum Moment cover art
The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far cover art
Gravity's Engines cover art
Einstein's Monsters cover art
The Quantum Story cover art

Summary

A sweeping account of the century of experimentation that confirmed Einstein's general theory of relativity, bringing to life the science and scientists at the origins of relativity, the development of radio telescopes, the discovery of black holes and quasars, and the still unresolved place of gravity in quantum theory.

Albert Einstein did nothing of note on May 29, 1919; yet that is when he became immortal. On that day, astronomer Arthur Eddington and his team observed a solar eclipse and found something extraordinary: gravity bends light, just as Einstein predicted. The findings confirmed the theory of general relativity, fundamentally changing our understanding of space and time.

A century later, another group of astronomers is performing a similar experiment on a much larger scale. The Event Horizon Telescope, a globe-spanning array of radio dishes, is examining space surrounding Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. As Ron Cowen recounts, one foremost goal of the experiment is to determine whether Einstein was right on the details. Gravity lies at the heart of what we don't know about quantum mechanics, but tantalizing possibilities for deeper insight are offered by black holes. By observing starlight wrapping around Sagittarius A*, the telescope will not only provide the first direct view of an event horizon - a black hole's point of no return - but will also enable scientists to test Einstein's theory under the most extreme conditions.

Gravity's Century shows how we got from the pivotal observations of the 1919 eclipse to the Event Horizon Telescope, and what is at stake today. Breaking down the physics in clear and approachable language, Cowen makes vivid how the quest to understand gravity is really the quest to comprehend the universe.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Ron Cowen (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

More from the same

What listeners say about Gravity's Century

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    46
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    50
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    40
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating

Thoroughly enjoyed it. I do wish that the author would have elaborated more at the final chapter.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

This one came out of left field

this was a book included in the plus catalog and I picked it up on a whim along with some great courses science books and a book on time.

this turned out to be a little gem, well structured and performed and was my favourite is the bunch. if your looking for a popsci audio book would recommend.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another cracker...

for those with even a fleeting interest in cosmology. This is well worth the listen. Grab it, keep it!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely brilliant

I completely agree with another review I read saying this book is a hidden gem. I'd looked through included astronomy before and listened to parts of some, but finally stumbled upon this one just a week before I was going to cancel my membership to catch up on the books I have. So I had to race through it in a few days as had to listen to it all! Absolutely fabulous fairly in depth exploration of different discoveries and theories relating to gravity, without wasting any time wittering or giving personal anecdotes of the author as so many books do. Very highly recommended for anyone who'd like to learn about this area of science. It's really sparked by interest in relativity and cosmology again and I've got out more books to listen to on that as a result - I hope they are as good!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Concept

I liked the idea of going from General Relativity to LIGO, this is a great listen if you enjoy good factual science stories.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful