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Overview

The Universe in which we live is unimaginably vast and ancient, with countless star systems, galaxies, and extraordinary phenomena such as black holes, dark matter, and gamma ray bursts. What phenomena remain mysteries, even to seasoned scientists? Our Universe is a fascinating collection of essays by some of the world's foremost astrophysicists. Some are theorists, some computational modelers, some observers, but all offer their insights into the most cutting-edge, difficult, and curious aspects of astrophysics. Compiled, the essays describe more than the latest techniques and findings. Each of the ten contributors offers a more personal perspective on their work, revealing what motivates them and how their careers and lives have been shaped by their desire to understand our universe. S. Alan Stern is Director of the Department of Space Studies at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist with both observational and theoretical interests. Stern is an avid pilot and a principal investigator in NASA's planetary research program, and he was selected to be a NASA space shuttle mission specialist finalist. He is the author of more than 100 papers and popular articles. His most recent book is Pluto & Charon (Wiley, 1997). Contributors: Dr. John Huchra, Harvard University Dr. Esther Hu, University of Hawaii, Honolulu Dr. John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Dr. Nick Gnedin, University of Colorado, Boulder Dr. Doug Richstone, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Dr. Bohdan Paczynski, Princeton University, NJ Dr. Megan Donahue, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD Dr. Jerry Ostriker, Princeton University, New Jersey G. Bothun, University of Oregon, Eugene
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Stern, an astrophysicist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., presents a fascinating collection of essays on cosmology by nine of the most important scientists in the field, who take the reader to the edge of the Big Bang and the event horizon of a black hole. John Huchra recounts how he and others first mapped the universe's large-scale structure, revealing massive clusters of galaxies like the so-called "Great Wall." Bohdan Paczynski updates the search for the sources of the mysterious, ultra-high-energy gamma-ray bursts that seem to come from all corners of the night sky. Scientists now hypothesize that they may be associated with "hypernovas," explosions of exceptional magnitude. Russian-American cosmologist Nick Gnedin and Jeremiah Ostriker, a giant in the field, explain the paradox of dark matter, the predominant form of matter in the universe: scientists have theoretically proven that it exists, but they don't know yet what it "looks like." Aside from a few instances of advanced math and technical discussions, the essays are accessibly written and will be eagerly read by science buffs. The concluding essay by Gregory Bothun on his discovery of "diffuse" galaxies is a magisterial account of how a young scientist establishes a career and faces down naysayers when he makes an unexpected discovery that challenges scientific dogma. Young people interested in going into any of the sciences will learn about the often uphill battle from several of the personal accounts here. Young women in particular will profit from the essay by Megan Donahue, but her compelling story will appeal to all readers. Color illus. not seen by PW. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521783309
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2001
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The frontier Universe: At the edge of the night 1
Pt. I Revealing a Universe 5
1 Mapmaker, mapmaker make me a map: Probing the Universe's large-scale structure 7
2 Looking back in time: Searching for the most distant galaxies 23
3 So we've lost the mission? The Big Bang and the Cosmic Background Explorer 37
4 Computational adventures in cosmology 55
Pt. II Denizens of the deep 71
5 The search for very massive black holes 73
6 Gamma-ray bursts - the most spectacular fireworks 89
7 Clusters of galaxies and the fate of the Universe (Or how to be a cosmologist without really trying) 107
8 Dark matter and the discovery of galactic halos 127
9 Hunting the elusive invisible galaxy 135
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