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The exploration of the Universe which largely began to take place in the final decades of the 20th century is the story told in Hyperspace: Our Final Frontier. There have now been space probes to all the major planets of the Earth's Solar System -- the only worlds that are likely to be physically explored in our lifetime. Beyond the Solar System, across the final frontier of space, however, astronomers are now able to explore the Universe by proxy, using evidence from light, radio waves, x-ray, and other information gathered by telescopes on the Earth's surface and by orbiting satellites. Astronomers can now work out the life cycles of stars, the evolution of galaxies, the location of other solar systems, and the fate of the Universe itself. Hyperspace: Our Final Frontier provides a compelling insight into the way that astronomers work, explaining how they make the discoveries that make headlines, as well as the stories behind those headlines. From the first steps which measured the distances to the nearest stars, to the latest discovery that the Universe is expanding at an ever faster rate, John Gribbin puts deep space into perspective with the aid of specially commissioned illustrations and revealing photographs from the latest generation of astronomical telescopes.
|Publisher:||DK Publishing, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1st U.S. Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.12(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.94(d)|
About the Author
Dr. John Gribbin is a visiting faculty member in Astronomy at the University of Sussex in England and an award-winning author of many popular science books. His research interests include determining the age of the Universe and the search for life in space. He has worked on broadcasts for BBC Radio, and has been a consultant on several scientific TV programs. His books include The Birth of Time, an account relating how astronomers measure the age of the Universe, and Stardust, about the relationship between life on Earth and supernovas.
Table of Contents
|Across the Universe||8|
|1.1||Stepping Stones to the Universe||10|
|1.4||Out With a Bang||62|
|The Fate of the Universe||76|
|2.1||The Big Bang||78|
|2.2||Cosmology for Beginners||92|
|2.3||Missing Mass and the Birth of Time||106|
|2.4||The Accelerating Universe||126|
|3.1||Life and the Universe||138|
|3.2||Talking to the Stars||152|
|3.3||Listening to the Stars||168|
|4.2||A Choice of Universes||202|
|4.3||Into the Unknown||216|
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The book Hyperspace by John R. Gribbin is a fascinating book on entry level astronomy and physics. It takes an interesting perspective on deep space, and theory's on deep space activities. It covers information from black holes to the big bang, and more. It also explains theories and laws of physics. The book explains Einstein¿s theory of relativity, Newton¿s laws of gravity and how they relate. Reading this book is a true eye opener into the interesting subject of astronomy and the vastness of the universe. To give you an idea of just how large the universe is the book devotes a whole section to relating sizes and measurements to a relative and understandable size. Once it examines the size of the Universe it reviews the contents within the universe. John Gribbin explains the formations and development of stars and solar systems. He also explains how the stars form galaxies and how galaxies make up galaxy clusters. As Gribbin goes into detail of how stars and matter forms he explains about dark matter and what makes most of our Universe. As he goes into the topics of dark energy and dark matter he tells us how it affects the eventual fate of the universe. The book shows the possibilities of the big crunch, the big rip, infinite expansion. The book also goes into the possibilities of life in other solar systems and ways to contacts potential advanced life. He tells us about the satellites already set up with the common goal of finding other forms of life in deep space. Finally the last topic Gribbin examines is Quantum Mechanics and the theories of multi-universe. Within this topic he examines the evidence supporting other universes. Overall the book is a fantastic and easy read, which puts a complex subject into language everyone can understand and enjoy.