The Cosmic Century: A History of Astrophysics and Cosmology

The Cosmic Century: A History of Astrophysics and Cosmology

by Malcolm S. Longair
     
 

The twentieth century witnessed the emergence of the disciplines of astrophysics and cosmology, from subjects which scarcely existed, to two of the most exciting and demanding areas of contemporary scientific inquiry. There has never been a century in which fundamental ideas about the nature of our Universe and its contents have changed so dramatically. This book… See more details below

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The twentieth century witnessed the emergence of the disciplines of astrophysics and cosmology, from subjects which scarcely existed, to two of the most exciting and demanding areas of contemporary scientific inquiry. There has never been a century in which fundamental ideas about the nature of our Universe and its contents have changed so dramatically. This book reviews the historical development of all the key areas of modern astrophysics, linking the strands together to show how advances have led to the extraordinarily rich panorama of modern astrophysics and cosmology, while many of the great discoveries were derived from pioneering observations, the emphasis is upon the development of theoretical concepts and how they came to be accepted. These advances have led astrophysicists and cosmologists to ask some of the deepest questions about the nature of our Universe and to stretch our ability to address them by advanced observation to the very limit. This is a fantastic story, and one that would have defied the imaginations of even the greatest story-tellers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521474368
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Pages:
565
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

1The legacy of the nineteenth century3
2The classification of stellar spectra18
3Stellar structure and evolution30
4The end points of stellar evolution61
5The galaxy and the nature of the spiral nebulae77
6The origins of astrophysical cosmology100
7The opening up of the electromagnetic spectrum and the new astronomies125
8Stars and stellar evolution175
9The physics of the interstellar medium216
10The physics of galaxies and clusters of galaxies244
11High-energy astrophysics269
12Astrophysical cosmology319
13The determination of cosmological parameters340
14The evolution of galaxies and active galaxies with cosmic epoch365
15The origin of galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe392
16The very early universe439

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