The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology

The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology

by Joseph Silk
     
 

ISBN-10: 019953361X

ISBN-13: 9780199533619

Pub. Date: 04/07/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"In The Infinite Cosmos Joseph Silk takes the reader on a tour of the universe, past, present, and future, showing how the very latest observations and theories are unlocking clues about its origin and structure. X-ray, radio, and high-energy views of space are revealing fossil radiation left over from the big bang and providing us with unprecedented views of the most…  See more details below

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"In The Infinite Cosmos Joseph Silk takes the reader on a tour of the universe, past, present, and future, showing how the very latest observations and theories are unlocking clues about its origin and structure. X-ray, radio, and high-energy views of space are revealing fossil radiation left over from the big bang and providing us with unprecedented views of the most distant reaches of the universe. Theories from the frontiers of current research seek to explain its structure from the first moments to the present day, and we are beginning to understand its extraordinary nature and possible fate." This is a story involving the visible and the invisible; subatomic particles and unusual forces; long ages of darkness and spectacular and violent events. It tells of supernovae, dark matter, dark energy, curved spacetime, colliding galaxies, and supermassive black holes. Weaving the ideas of poets and writers as well as scientists into the story, from Kant and Keats to Einstein and Lemaitre. Silk explains our present state of knowledge, and how much more there is to understand about our infinite cosmos.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199533619
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,041,641
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Perspectives3
3Principles7
4Our neighbourhood20
5The universe of galaxies29
6The invisible cosmos46
7Supermassive black holes and galaxy formation56
8Clusters and clustering65
9Space is nearly flat76
10Dark energy and the runaway universe86
11The panacea of cold dark matter94
12Origins104
13The seeds of structure135
14Beyond the beginning170
15Towards the infinite universe180
16From time to time machines194
17A brief moment in time206
18Into the infinite future210
19And so to God218
20Where next?226

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