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gravitation

gra vi tay shuhn

  • n  (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface
    the gravitation between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them
    gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"--Albert Einstein
  • n  movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction
    irrigation by gravitation rather than by pumps
  • n  a figurative movement toward some attraction
    the gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs

  • Even apart from its problems in describing gravitation, however, the standard model in its present form has too many arbitrary features.
  • A challenging item in the unfinished business of science is to find some connection between magnetism and gravitation.
  • When at last we have a simple, compelling, mathematically consistent theory of gravitation and other forces that explains all the apparently arbitrary features of the standard .
News & Articles

  • GR20/Amaldi10: Warsaw -- World capital of research on gravity
    ( Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw ) Studying the nature of gravity is one of the broadest and most intellectually sophisticated fields of modern science. Starting today, physicists from all over the world will begin to discuss the results of their research during a special event: the Warsaw GR20/Amaldi10 Gravitational Conference. The lectures and presentations related to the conference ...
    July 8, 2013 - EurekAlert!
Quotes

  • Piers Sellers in Christian Science Monitor
    Sir Isaac absolutely loved it, I've got to tell you,Sellers joked. "We had him in the window and he got to watch his little wood chip float by and ponder the laws of gravitation and everything. I think it was a treat for him."
  • Gia Dvali in New Scientist (subscription)
    The accelerated universe can be a window of opportunity for understanding the most fundamental aspects of gravitation, and may signal the modification of standard laws of gravity at very large distances,Dvali told an audience at the American...
  • Nancy Pelosi in Politico
    Pelosi says she feels a "natural gravitation to the floor," but there's more to it than that: The speaker's propensity to speak reflects her determination to lead from the front, not the rear, of her caucus.

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