Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics

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The field of astrophysics is in the midst of a technologically driven renaissance, as fundamental discoveries are being made with astonishing frequency. In the last decade, new detectors in space, on earth, and deep underground have, when coupled with the computational power of modern computers, revolutionized our knowledge and understanding of the astronomical world. This is a great time for a student of any age to become acquainted with the remarkable universe in which we live. This volume is a collection of ...
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Overview

The field of astrophysics is in the midst of a technologically driven renaissance, as fundamental discoveries are being made with astonishing frequency. In the last decade, new detectors in space, on earth, and deep underground have, when coupled with the computational power of modern computers, revolutionized our knowledge and understanding of the astronomical world. This is a great time for a student of any age to become acquainted with the remarkable universe in which we live. This volume is a collection of essays, originally presented orally to a diverse group of students and professionals, which reveal the most fertile areas for future study of astronomy and astrophysics. The emphasis of this work is on the clear description of the current state of our knowledge as a preparation for the future unraveling of the mysteries of the universe that appear today as most fundamental and most amenable to solution.A stellar group of astronomers and astrophysicists describes the directions and styles of work that they think are most likely to lead to progress. Bibliographical notes at the end of each presentation provide guidance for the reader who wishes to go more deeply into a given subject. Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics is a uniquely stimulating introduction to some of the most important topics in modern astrophysics.
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Nature
As this lively volume attests, there are still many exciting problems left to interest the graduate student entering the field of astrophysics.
— Wendy Freedman
Physics Today
On finishing the last chapter, I thought about what fun I could have teaching a special topics astrophysics course using this book. Who would learn more, the graduate students or the teacher?
Nature - Wendy Freedman
As this lively volume attests, there are still many exciting problems left to interest the graduate student entering the field of astrophysics.
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Winner of the 1999 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, American Astronomical Society

"As this lively volume attests, there are still many exciting problems left to interest the graduate student entering the field of astrophysics."—Wendy Freedman, Nature

"On finishing the last chapter, I thought about what fun I could have teaching a special topics astrophysics course using this book. Who would learn more, the graduate students or the teacher?"—Physics Today

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Cosmological Parameters 1
2 In the Beginning 25
3 Understanding Data Better with Bayesian and Global Statistical Methods 49
4 Large-Scale Structure in the Universe 61
5 Unsolved Problems in Gravitational Lensing 93
6 What Can Be Learned from Numerical Simulations of Cosmology 115
7 The Centers of Elliptical Galaxies 137
8 The Morphological Evolution of Galaxies 159
9 Quasars 181
10 Solar Neutrinos: Solved and Unsolved Problems 195
11 Particle Dark Matter 221
12 Stars in the Milky Way and Other Galaxies 241
13 Searching for MACHOs with Microlensing 253
14 Globally Asymmetric Supernova 269
15 In and Around Neutron Stars 281
16 Accretion Flows Around Black Holes 301
17 The Highest Energy Cosmic Rays 325
18 Toward Understanding Gamma-Ray Bursts 343
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