Richard Panek

“My Trouble with Gravity”

Friday 7:00 pm : Mitchell Physics Lecture Hall


Nobody knows what gravity is, and just about nobody knows that nobody knows what gravity is. The exception is scientists, and they know that nobody knows what gravity is because they know that they don’t know what gravity is. If this fact surprises you, join the club! I was so surprised that I wrote a book about The Trouble with Gravity, and even though I didn’t learn what gravity is, I still discovered a lot about the role gravity plays in how we think about our place in the universe.


Richard Panek is most recently the author of The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet, published in July 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His previous book, The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality, received the Science Communication Award from the American Institute of Physics. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Antarctic Artists & Writers grant from the National Science Foundation, and a Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His own books have been translated into sixteen languages, while his collaboration with Temple Grandin, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, was a New York Times best-seller and the recipient of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2013. He also co-wrote the giant-format 3D museum movie ROBOTS [[CUT: 3D]], a National Geographic production. He has been a monthly columnist for Natural History magazine and a regular contributor to The New York Times.

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The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet - Richard Panek
Richard Panek
Author and Guggenheim Fellow