The Farthest Things in the Universe

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Chosen for their ability to communicate at a popular level, four world experts contribute chapters to this lucid survey of the fundamental issues of scale in the universe--ranging from the ghostly etchings seen on the cosmic background radiation to quasars and their evolution and galaxy birth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521451703
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Observing the farthest things in the Universe 1
Measuring distances in the Universe 1
The expansion of the Universe 8
Hubble's law and the age of the Universe 11
Far away in the Universe 12
New techniques and instrumentation 15
New technology telescopes 17
Telescopes in space 22
Ch. 2 The cosmic background radiation 25
How far is far? 26
How do we measure distances? 28
How do distance and age relate? 33
What physical conditions characterize the very young universe? 34
What do we expect to see? 37
What do we see? 40
How do we see it? 49
How do we make these observations credible, and how do they relate to other observations? 52
Can we look farther than the surface of last scattering? 54
What happened before the Big Bang and what is at distances far greater than the Hubble distance? 54
Epilogue 55
Ch. 3 Quasars 57
Discovering quasars 58
Quasars as extraordinary objects 59
Quasars as probes of the Universe 61
The evolution of quasars 62
Finding distant quasars 65
The space density of distant quasars 71
Ch. 4 Galaxies at the limit: the epoch of galaxy formation 77
Observing distant galaxies 78
Modern methods for faint radio galaxy observation 80
More on the most-distant galaxies 84
Photometric evolutionary models of galaxies 91
Extrinsic intervening matter - modulation of the distant galaxy spectrum 93
Cosmology with distant radio galaxies in the near infrared 94
References and related reading 97
Index 101
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