I used to be shocked to find, a few days in the past, that the traditional textbook Gravitation by Misner, Thorne and Wheeler is 50 years previous this 12 months. MTW as it’s normally recognized was first printed in 1973, and has has now been reprinted 24 occasions. I purchased my copy (proven above) about 30 years in the past. I’ve usually joked that this tome is so hefty that it not solely permits one to examine Gravitation but additionally to expertise its sensible results!
This anniversary jogs my memory that there was a contest operating at ITP2022 final 12 months that concerned holding out a replica of the e book in a single hand at arm’s size for so long as doable following the directions under:
The winner of the competitors was John Brennan of Maynooth College, with a time of three minutes and 29 seconds. In the event you can lay your arms on a replica of MTW you’ll be able to attempt to do higher!
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