Seven Wonders of the Cosmos

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Overview

Using simple analogies and a wealth of illustrations, Professor Narlikar skillfully steers us through a cosmic journey of discovery, starting from the Earth and solar system and stepping out to the farthest reaches of the universe. Each of the seven wonders represents a range of mysterious phenomena or a class of spectacular events or remarkable cosmic objects that have challenged human curiosity and often defied explanation.

The first wonder begins when we leave the Earth. Questions are raised such as: Can we see the sun rise in the west, or find the sky dark despite the blazing sun? The second wonder concerns the giants and dwarfs of the stellar world, and how stars are born, evolve and die. The third wonder concerns the catastrophic event when a massive star explodes, and how the death of one star can trigger the birth of a new generation. The fourth wonder is pulsars, the ultimate timekeepers of the cosmos, the fifth is about strange effects of the force of gravity, the sixth is about illusions of space, and the last is the majestic expansion of the universe as a whole. Finally, we look at other unsolved cosmic mysteries and speculate on what the eighth wonder may be.

With lucid prose and humourous anecdotes, the author weaves together a host of exciting recent discoveries in astronomy and shows us how these are motivating astronomers to unravel the wonders of tomorrow.

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"Seven Wonders is a superbly lucid state-of-the-art account of the most important freatures of modern astronomy and cosmology...Ideal for students and as an introduction to the subject for educated non-scientists." Science

"...does a good job...manages to cram a lot of the universe into a little more than 300 pages, and the book would serve a beginning cosmologist or someone wanting to brush up on the topic equally well." Sky & Telescope

"Jayant Vishnu Narlikar is India's most outstanding living scientist." Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521630870
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue 1
Wonder 1 Leaving terra firma 3
Wonder 2 Giants and dwarfs of the stellar world 34
Wonder 3 When stars explode ... 88
Wonder 4 Pulsars: the timekeepers of the cosmos 124
Wonder 5 Gravity: the great dictator 155
Wonder 6 Illusions in space 204
Wonder 7 The expanding universe 247
Epilogue 300
Index 318
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