Measuring the Universe: The Cosmological Distance Ladder / Edition 1

Measuring the Universe: The Cosmological Distance Ladder / Edition 1

by Stephen Webb
     
 

A unified treatment of the various techniques used for distance determination. The text begins by describing methods to measure distances on Earth, then gradually climbs the "distance ladder" to enable us to estimate the distance to the farthest objects, ending with a discussion of particle horizons within an expanding and inflationary universe. Aimed at first-year

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A unified treatment of the various techniques used for distance determination. The text begins by describing methods to measure distances on Earth, then gradually climbs the "distance ladder" to enable us to estimate the distance to the farthest objects, ending with a discussion of particle horizons within an expanding and inflationary universe. Aimed at first-year astronomy and astrophysics undergraduates, the book emphasises general physical principles rather than mathematical detail, and is enhanced and complemented by many worked examples, questions and problem-solving exercises at the end of each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852331061
Publisher:
Springer London
Publication date:
05/14/1999
Series:
Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration Series
Edition description:
1999
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- First Step: The Earth.- Second Step: The Solar System.- Third Step: Nearby Stars.- Mezzanine: The Nature of Stars.- Fourth Step: More Distant Stars.- Fifth Step: The Galaxy.- Sixth Step: The Local Group.- Seventh Step: More Distant Galaxies.- Mezzanine: Cosmic Expansion.- Eighth Step: The Universe.- Appendices: Name Index. Object Index. Subject Index.

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