Images of the Universe

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Images of the Universe includes articles written by sixteen leading amateur and professional astronomers. They provide a lively and up-to-date view of our surroundings in space. The solar system, stars and galaxies all come under close scrutiny. Answers are provided to questions that have puzzled people throughout the ages such as how and when was the universe created? Modern cosmology is discussed by Martin Rees and the first one second of the universe is put under the microscope by Paul Davies. Colin Ronan ...
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Overview

Images of the Universe includes articles written by sixteen leading amateur and professional astronomers. They provide a lively and up-to-date view of our surroundings in space. The solar system, stars and galaxies all come under close scrutiny. Answers are provided to questions that have puzzled people throughout the ages such as how and when was the universe created? Modern cosmology is discussed by Martin Rees and the first one second of the universe is put under the microscope by Paul Davies. Colin Ronan looks back on advances that astronomers have made in the last hundred years. Patrick Moore and David Hughes write on the outer planets, and comets and meteors respectively. Jacqueline Mitton examines the stars, the birthplace of the elements. Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest turn their attention to the Milky Way, the hazy band of light that is the end-on view of our Galaxy; and Malcolm Longair looks beyond this and into the deep sky. A good picture is the goal of most astronomers, whether it be beamed back to Earth by way of sophisticated and expensive technology, shot with a camera or simply drawn. In this book a special emphasis is placed on images of our universe. This book will appeal to anyone interested in present-day knowledge of our surrounding in space. An awareness of our position in space may help the reader, but no specialist knowledge is essential.
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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: 9780521424196
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Major advances in astronomy since 1890 1
2 The inner planets 20
3 Jupiter 40
4 Saturn encountered 52
5 Uranus, Neptune and Pluto 63
6 Comets and meteors 77
7 The Sun 93
8 Stellar evolution 110
9 Variable stars 121
10 Supernovae 138
11 The story of the pulsars 155
12 The Milky Way Galaxy 166
13 Active galaxies and quasars 178
14 The first one second of the universe 199
15 Origin of the universe 215
Acknowledgements 236
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