The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos / Edition 1

The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos / Edition 1

by Robert P. Kirshner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069111742X

ISBN-13: 9780691117423

Pub. Date: 03/16/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

'"This book describes a remarkable era in cosmology. Over the last three years several lines of evidence have gelled into a consistent but—to most of us—unexpected picture of what our universe consists of and how it is expanding. Told by a key participant, the story will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in astronomy or cosmology, or even merely a

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'"This book describes a remarkable era in cosmology. Over the last three years several lines of evidence have gelled into a consistent but—to most of us—unexpected picture of what our universe consists of and how it is expanding. Told by a key participant, the story will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in astronomy or cosmology, or even merely a general curiosity about science."—Martin Rees, author of Our Cosmic Habitat

"This is a wonderful book on one of the hottest topics in science, written by one of the main contributors to the breakthrough. It presents a history of modern cosmology written in a very lively style with amusing personal stories that make the reading easy and entertaining."—Bohdan Paczynski, Princeton University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691117423
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/16/2004
Series:
Princeton Science Library Series
Edition description:
With a New epilogue by the author
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,197,671
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Chapter 1The Big Picture1
Chapter 2Violent Agents of Cosmic Change15
Chapter 3Another Way to Explode34
Chapter 4Einstein Adds a Constant49
Chapter 5Cosmic Expansion60
Chapter 6What Time Is It?83
Chapter 7A Hot Day in Holmdel114
Chapter 8Learning to Swim136
Chapter 9Getting It First158
Chapter 10Getting It Right194
Chapter 11The Smoking Gun?234
Notes263
Acknowledgments275
Index277

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