The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology

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Overview

"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: 4/7/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,448,868
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Silk is Savilian Professor of Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. He is an experienced and successful author of books on cosmology for the general reader: his published titles include The Big Bang (W. H. Freeman) and The Left Hand of Creation (with J. D. Barrow, published by Oxford University Press).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Perspectives 3
3 Principles 7
4 Our neighbourhood 20
5 The universe of galaxies 29
6 The invisible cosmos 46
7 Supermassive black holes and galaxy formation 56
8 Clusters and clustering 65
9 Space is nearly flat 76
10 Dark energy and the runaway universe 86
11 The panacea of cold dark matter 94
12 Origins 104
13 The seeds of structure 135
14 Beyond the beginning 170
15 Towards the infinite universe 180
16 From time to time machines 194
17 A brief moment in time 206
18 Into the infinite future 210
19 And so to God 218
20 Where next? 226
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