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Antigravity

  • Stephen Webb
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

From the moment we are born we feel the relentless pull of Earth’s gravity; as we get older, and our muscles and joints weaken, gravity can seem like an enemy. Is it possible to somehow reduce the gravitational force, as the protagonist in Stockton’s tale succeeds in doing? It’s a lovely thought, but it seems unlikely—negative gravity would manifest itself in a quite different way to how Stockton portrays it.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Webb
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  1. 1.DCQE University of PortsmouthLee-on-the-SolentUK

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