Unfolding our Universe / Edition 1by Iain Nicolson
Pub. Date: 10/28/1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The beauty of the stars, the planets, and other faraway objects of wonder is readily apparent, while the reason for their splendor is not. Now, there exists a source of expert advice that amateur astronomers and interested stargazers can actually understand: Unfolding Our Universe. Popular science writer and award winning author Iain Nicolson opens the world of astronomy to a wide audience. He takes readers into the heart of the Universe, clearly detailing the facts, concepts, methods, and current findings of astronomical science. This unique book strikes a perfect balance between the fundamentals of the subject and cutting-edge research. Step by step, the volume leads to a complete understanding of astronomy. Readers can access the material without referring to any mathematical principles or formulas. The well-designed text allows more ambitious readers to easily delve more deeply into key points and consult basic mathematics found within self-contained boxes. More than 100 full-color photographs beautifully and clearly illustrate all concepts. The wealth of color illustrations and very readable chapters make this book a delight for the casual reader to browse, while the clear and concise explanations will appeal to anyone with an interest in the science of astronomy. Iain Nicolson is the author or co-author of some 17 books, including The Universe (with Patrick Moore) and Heavenly Bodies. In 1995, he received the Eric Zucker Award from the Federation of Astronomical Societies (UK) for his work in popularizing the subject.
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Table of ContentsForeword; 1. Overview of the universe; 2. Observing the universe; 3. The moving sky; 4. Orbits and gravity; 5. The earth-moon system; 6. Worlds beyond - the planets; 7. Wandering fragments: minor members of the solar system; 8. The sun - our neighborhood star; 9. Stars - basic properties; 10. Nebulae and the birth of stars and planets; 11. Stellar life cycles; 12. Collapsing, exploding and interacting stars; 13. The Milky Way and other galaxies; 14. Active Galaxies and Quasars; 15. Cosmology: beginnings and endings; 16. Wider issues; Appendices: 1. Units of measurement and physical constants; 2. Solar system data; 3. The brightest and nearest stars.
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