Images of the Universe

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Images of the Universe is a special collection of essays written to celebrate astronomy and the inauguration of the British Astronomical Association. Colin Ronan opens the book with a fascinating account of developments over the past hundred years. Next, the solar system is explored by Richard Baum, John Rogers, Richard McKim, and Patrick Moore. Comets and meteors are explained by David Hughes. The stars, birthplace of the elements, are examined by Jacqueline Mitton and John Isles. Paul Murdin gives an account of the brightest supernova to be seen from Earth since 1604. Iain Nicolson explores G2, the single dwarf called the Sun. Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest look at the Milky Way, the hazy band of light that is the edge on view of our galaxy. Malcolm Longair looks beyond our own galaxy into the deep sky. Paul Davies gives an account of the first one second of the existence of our expanding Universe. How did it all happen? Martin Rees, the cosmologist, speculates on the origin of the Universe. The ensuing narrative by many famous astronomers and science writers is written at a general level and will be accessible to anyone with a passing interest in the astronomical wonders of our universe. Carole Stott is the author of The Greenwich Guide to Stargazing (1990), and The Greenwich Guide to Astronomy in Action (1990).

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"...part of its value is in its freshness....a worthy and attractive addition for all libraries." A.R. Upgren Jr., Choice

"All of the articles are self-contained, and the book can be read like a collection of scientific short stories. This format makes the book much more enjoyable to read than a typical introductory textbook....I would recommend Images of the Universe to anyone who would like an overview of our present knowledge of the universe." David Buckley, Science Books & Films

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521391788
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/1991
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Major advances in astronomy since 1890 Colin Ronan; 2. The inner planets Richard Baum; 3. Jupiter John Rogers; 4. Saturn Richard McKim; 5. Neptune Patrick Moore; 6. Comets and meteors David Hughes; 7. The Sun Iain Nicolson; 8. Stellar evolution Jacqueline Mitton; 9. Variable stars John Isles; 10. Supernova Paul Murdin; 11. Pulsars Francis Graham Smith; 12. Our galaxy Nigel Henbest and Heather Couper; 13. Active galaxies and quasars Malcolm Longair; 14. The first one second Paul Davies; 15. Modern cosmology Martin Rees.

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