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Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge
     

Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge

by Steven Soter (Editor), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Editor)
 

Cosmic Horizons illuminates the most recent discoveries of modern astrophysics with essays by leading astronomers, including NASA scientists. The book also features profiles of astronomers such as Carl Sagan and Georges Lemaître (father of the Big Bang theory), case studies that cover the controversial evidence for the possibility of life on Mars, and

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Cosmic Horizons illuminates the most recent discoveries of modern astrophysics with essays by leading astronomers, including NASA scientists. The book also features profiles of astronomers such as Carl Sagan and Georges Lemaître (father of the Big Bang theory), case studies that cover the controversial evidence for the possibility of life on Mars, and stunning four-color photographs throughout. Written for the general reader, Cosmic Horizons makes the complex, abstract areas of astronomy and astrophysics—from the Big Bang to black holes—accessible and comprehensible to the public. Complementing the museum’s acclaimed Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center exhibition, the book investigates how the universe expands to produce galaxies, stars, and planets, and, perhaps, life on other worlds. It also examines some of the emerging technologies that make these discoveries possible.

With more than eighty full-color images and a resource section that includes a bibliography and an extensive glossary, Cosmic Horizons offers a new appreciation of the complexities of time and space and a greater understanding of our fragile planet and the universe beyond.

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NASA scientists and astronomers from some of the most prestigious universities in the US describe recent discoveries of modern astronomy and astrophysics<-->from dark matter and gamma ray bursts to neutrino observatories and the latest news from SETI. In all there are 40 short pieces (including profiles of astronomers and case studies) as well as introductions to each of the six sections. The numerous color illustrations include Hubble images of planets and galaxies and computer models showing the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565846029
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
American Museum of Natural History Book Series
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Soter is a member of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. He was a co-writer, with Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, of the Cosmos television series, and co-author with Ann Druyan of the new Hayden Planetarium’s inaugural sky show.

Neil de Grasse Tyson is director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium. He has authored five books on the universe, including The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist. He is also a monthly columnist for Natural History magazine and was the project scientist for the Hall of the Universe in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

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