Seven Wonders of the Cosmos

Seven Wonders of the Cosmos

by Jayant Vishnu Narlikar
     
 

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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521638982
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue1
Wonder 1Leaving terra firma3
Wonder 2Giants and dwarfs of the stellar world34
Wonder 3When stars explode ...88
Wonder 4Pulsars: the timekeepers of the cosmos124
Wonder 5Gravity: the great dictator155
Wonder 6Illusions in space204
Wonder 7The expanding universe247
Epilogue300
Index318

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