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Our Universe: The Thrill of Extragalactic Exploration

Our Universe: The Thrill of Extragalactic Exploration

by Alan Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521783305

ISBN-13: 9780521783309

Pub. Date: 04/23/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783309
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/23/2001
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction A. Stern; The frontier universe: at the edge of night A. Stern; Part I. Revealing A Universe: Mapmaker, mapmaker make me a map: probing the universe's large scale structure John Huchra; Looking back in time: searching for the highest redshift galaxies Esther Hu; COBE probes the cosmic microwave background John Mather; Computational adventures in large scale structure Nick Gnedin; Part II. Denizens of the Deep: The discovery of massive black holes Doug Richstone; Gamma ray bursters revealed Bohdan Paczynski; Galaxy clusters, cathedrals, and the fate of the universe Megan Donahue; Courier new, courier: dark matter and the discovery of galactic halos Jerry Ostriker; Galaxy hunting: discovering low surface brightness galaxies Gregory Botham.

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