People have always been fascinated with the stars above and the universe that contains them. Over the years, astronomers have developed numerous theories to explain how the universe began, how it works, and what its ultimate fate will be. Yet all of scientists' questions are far from answered. The Expanding Universe goes beyond the creation of the universe to explain how scientists think the universe works, grows, and changes, including what great thinkers such as Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein had to say about its fate. Readers will also learn about how researchers are slowly shedding light on the concepts of dark energy and dark matter.
Science Foundations explores the many methods scientists use to understand our world and the universe beyond. The titles in this series cover many important topics central to the study of earth, physical, chemical, and biological sciences, while presenting these subjects in an easy-to-read, functional style. From the tiniest quantum particle to the expansion of the universe, the books in the Science Foundations series provide excellent supplements to an extensive science curriculum.
Table of Contents
1 Matter, Energy, and the Fundamental Forces 7
2 Our Place in Space 21
3 A Short History of Astronomy 33
4 Einstein's Universe 48
5 Make Sense of the Expanding Universe 56
6 The Big Bang 66
7 The Future Universe 77
Further Resources 94
Picture Credits 96
About the Author 102