Understanding Gravity Term Paper by Nicky

Understanding Gravity
A discussion about the force of gravity.
# 148308 | 1,418 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2011 in History (Greek and Roman) , Physics (Relativity) , Astronomy (General)

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This paper explores the discovery and subsequent study of gravity over the centuries. The paper begins by describing what gravity is. Then, it notes how the ancient Greeks, particularly Aristotle, observed the heavens and earth's place within them. This is followed by a discussion of various other philosophers and scientists and their discoveries over history. These include Isaac Newton, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo Galilei and Einstein. The paper concludes with a lengthy discussion of Einstein's Theory of Relativity and how it relates to gravity.


Ptolemy and Copernicus
Isaac Newton
Galileo Galilei
Albert Einstein and the Modern Theory of Gravity

From the Paper:

"By the time of the invention of the telescope, scientists realized that other planets also had moons that orbited them and that models of the solar system in which the sun rather than the earth was at the center matched the observed orbital motions of the planets much more accurately than the earth-centered models promoted by the Church. The mechanical models devised to explain the planetary orbits described what was observed fairly accurately, in addition to proposing an explanation for the effects of gravity, if not for the manner in which it came about."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Feynman, R. (1995). Six Easy Pieces. New York: Helix.
  • Goldsmith, D. (1997). The Ultimate Einstein. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Hawking, S. (2001). The Universe in a Nutshell. New York: Bantam.
  • Hawking, S. (2002). The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe. Beverly Hills, CA: New Millennium Press.

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