Visions of the Future: Astronomy and Earth Science

Visions of the Future: Astronomy and Earth Science

by J. M. T. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521805376

ISBN-13: 9780521805377

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What does the future of science hold? Who is making the discoveries that will help shape this future? What areas of research show the greatest promise? Find definitive and insightful answers to such questions as these in the three volumes of Visions of the Future: Astronomy and Earth Science, Chemistry and Life Science, and Physics and Electronics. Representing

Overview

What does the future of science hold? Who is making the discoveries that will help shape this future? What areas of research show the greatest promise? Find definitive and insightful answers to such questions as these in the three volumes of Visions of the Future: Astronomy and Earth Science, Chemistry and Life Science, and Physics and Electronics. Representing a careful selection of authoritative articles published in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions—the world's longest-running scientific journal—the chapters explore such themes as:

  • The Big Bang
  • Humankind's exploration of the solar system
  • The deep interior of the Earth
  • Global warming and climate change
  • Atoms and molecules in motion
  • New materials and processes
  • Nature's secrets of biological growth and form
  • Understanding the human body and mind
  • Quantum physics and its relationship to relativity theory and human consciousness
  • Exotic quantum computing and data storage
  • Telecommunications and the Internet Written by leading young scientists, the timely contributions convey the excitement and enthusiasm that they have for their research and a preview of future research directions. J.M.T. Thompson is Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics and Director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at University College London. Professor Thompson has published widely on instabilities, bifurcations, catastrophe theory and chaos. He was a Senior SERC Fellow, served on the IMA Council, and, in 1985, was awarded the Ewing Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Currently, he is the Editor of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions (Series A) which is the world's longest running scientific journal.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780521805377
    Publisher:
    Cambridge University Press
    Publication date:
    07/28/2001
    Edition description:
    New Edition
    Pages:
    246
    Product dimensions:
    5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

    Table of Contents

    Preface J. M. T. Thompson; Part I. Creation and History of the Universe: 1. Big Bang riddles and their revelations Joao Magueijo and Kim Baskerville; 2. The origin of structure in the universe Jaun Garcia-Bellido; 3. The dark side of the universe Ben Moore; Part II. Exploring the Stars and Planets: 4. The hottest spots in space? Malcolm Gray; 5. Our solar system and beyond in the new millennium Andrew J. Coates; 6. Unveiling the face of the Moon Sarah K. Dunkin and David J. Heather; Part III. Understanding Planet Earth: 7. The Earth's deep interior Lidunka Vocadlo and David Dobson; 8. Three-dimensional imaging of a dynamic Earth Lidia Lonergan and Nicky White; Part IV. Global Warming and Climate Change: 9. Geophysical and astrophysical vortices N. Robb McDonald; 10. Earth's future climate Mark A. Saunders.

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