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What on Earth is Wrong With Gravity?

2008, Science  -   27 Comments
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What on Earth is Wrong With Gravity?Particle physicist and ex D:Ream keyboard player Dr Brian Cox wants to know why the Universe is built the way it is.

He believes the answers lie in the force of gravity. But Newton thought gravity was powered by God, and even Einstein failed to completely solve it.

Heading out with his film crew on a road trip across the USA, Brian fires lasers at the moon in Texas, goes mad in the desert in Arizona, encounters the bending of space and time at a maximum security military base, tries to detect ripples in our reality in the swamps of Louisiana and searches for hidden dimensions just outside Chicago.

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  1. Will I Am

    Flat Earth, Illuminatti biscotti, h.a.r.p., the particle accelerator, contrails, the Evil Empire...... whatever you silly "sheeple", just keep staring at your cancer causing, headache makers, your pocket computer distractions called cellphones, you arent supposed to be looking up at the sky anyways! Antarctica is not just ice and penguins....but we cant go there to see for ourselves can we? They feed us what they feel we need, and distract our questioning minds until we are just a controllable herd of idiots.....like lemmings so easily directed to the edge of a cliff, we have been lied to since 1st grade. I love the way its so in our faces, and we still don't question a damn thing, or think for ourselves, or wonder who really is in control?? Stay brainwashed Amerikkka, resistance is futile, or be slaughtered like our cattle! I now return you to your pre programmed and controlled freedom you call the American dream! Just a thought....

  2. runzonkerocene

    the question of gravity has fasinated me for years i dont think that the graviton exists. I think that gravity is somehow intertwined with time. when you place a reference point on anything infinite it ceases to be so.Time as we expierence it is relative to velocity and mass and gravity is a bi-product of this reference point ,the beggining of the universe.

  3. Dreedee Idish

    isnt gravity just a by-product of electro-magnetic forces?

    1. daveb81

      More than likely an effect caused by the emf.

  4. AdamDocherty

    48 minutes to explain that we still are not any closer to understanding how gravity works.... ah well hope he enjoyed his fully funded tour around the USA, glad I didn't have to pay for it!

  5. sean c

    Apart from the effects of weightlessness on bones rendering them useless in a scarily short space of time, space travel is subject to an enormous amount of gamma radiation that requires substantial protection for any and all astronoughts. The space station is inside the protection of the van allen Belt but still its occupants get a lifetimes worth of radiation in a mere 6 months. Even a little trip to the Moon exposes one to a massive dose of radiation that frankly gives one pause to consider the validity of our ever having gone to that cold and unfriendly ball of rock. New technology may well have the answer to the problem but as sure as eggs is eggs they didn't have a clue back in 69. It smacks of a Hollywood production to me given the elementary nature of the science.

  6. Carlos Santiago

    Its been said that for matter to be able to move, it must eventually dissapear and reappear in a slightly different possition, or else every movement would become infinite and impossible. Maybe matter is visiting gravity?

    1. vlboogie

      "Its been said that for matter to be able to move, it must eventually dissapear and reappear in a slightly different possition, or else every movement would become infinite and impossible."

      Fascinating. I read an article several years ago that postulated that mass may be an illusion. Gosh, we are still trying to figure out our perception of reality.

  7. iesika

    Wonderful doc! Man, I have such a crush on Brian Cox. He's adorable, and SO EXCITED ABOUT SCIENCE!

  8. Snoik

    We went to the moon, you can see the debris left at the landing sites.
    I don't buy the big bang theory. I like the theory were on a 3d brane, adjacent to another, and they touched, causing the explosion. And were headed for another big bang, we know all the galaxys are moving away from us, (exspansion?), but in one direction. The energy as they get closer, is drawing everything in that direction.
    I hope you enjoy your fireworks display.

  9. cancelyourcablenow

    I seriously don't think we even went to the moon. Watch the docs about the moon and you'll see why. It was a huge show funded by the tax payer to make the soviets think we were stronger than they were and also to develop space weaponization programs.

  10. Maddox 1414

    A belief I'm begining to have is that the space isn't exactly space. But the universe itself is one object, twisted and turned into all the particles we know of. Gravity is the tension of the universe, like a twisted rubber band. Everything that is a twist or knot exerts force on other twists or knots. Unless the knot is tied exactly opposite in which then they untie themselves when they colide and release both their total energies...

  11. Plunkett

    Gravity helps sub atomic particle absorb (pull in )energy. More dense something is more gravity, more stored energy, energy pulls in time, More time you have slower time passes, therefore less energy less gravity faster less time (time passes faster). this popped into my head last night b4 i saw this video i was really bored.

    or try this Gravity increases density,
    Density increases amount of stored energy
    more energy equels more time
    More time slower time passes

    or Gravity feeds on time to produce energy
    = ....

    1. runzonkerocene

      as good an answer as any

    2. Random Bob

      I can't help but notice similarities between gravity/density and sound/temperature. Could well be that they are 2 sides of the same coin rather than 1 creating the other. Think about it. The denser something is the more gravity it has.. but if something has more gravity then it will be constantly pulling in more particles and getting denser. I like the idea with time though, definitely got me thinking there even if your comment was 5 years ago :D My only problem with that is that it would be observable I think as if you watched an extremely distant object you would see it move the same path twice if it went through a very gravity dense area.

  12. js

    good doc. thanks vlatko