The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology

The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology

by Joseph Silk
     
 

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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 the most distant reaches of the universe. Theories from the frontiers of current research seek to

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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 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 Lemaître, Silk explains our present state of knowledge, and how much more there is to understand about our infinite cosmos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199533619
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,142,993
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Perspectives
3. Principles
4. Our neighbourhood
5. The universe of galaxies
6. The invisible cosmos
7. Supermassive black holes and the birth of galaxies
8. Clusters and clustering
9. Space is nearly flat
10. Dark energy and the runaway universe
11. The panacea of cold dark matter
12. Origins
13. The seeds of structure
14. Beyond the beginning
15. Towards the infinite universe
16. From time to time machines
17. A brief moment in time
18. Into the infinite future
19. And so to God
20. Where next?
Index

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