The Farthest Things in the Universe
- Jay M. Pasachoff, Harvard University, Massachusetts
- Hyron Spinrad, University of California, Berkeley
- Patrick Osmer, Ohio State University
- Edward S. Cheng, NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville
The quest for the farthest objects in the Universe remains one of the most challenging to modern astronomy. Peering deeper and deeper into space reveals the most distant and powerful objects known and so probes back to the embryonic epochs of the Universe not long after its birth in the Big Bang. Four world experts - chosen for their ability to communicate research astronomy to popular audiences - each contribute a chapter to this lucid survey, first published in 1994. In clear terms they bring to the general audience the excitement and challenge of studying the Universe on the largest scales. They address the fundamental issues of scale in the Universe; the ghostly etchings seen on the cosmic background radiation; quasars and their evolution; and galaxy birth. This survey offers an exceptional chance for the general audience to share in the excitement of today's forefront research of the early Universe in an accessible and stimulating way.Read more
- Shows the reader how distance and time are measured in the Universe
- Details are given of the ghostly fingerprints left on the cosmic background radiation and their relavence to the Big Bang
- Provides new information on where and when galaxies were born
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'This is a thoroughly well-written account of current ideas of cosmology and a lucid presentation of the evidence used in its research.' Peter Moks, Journal of the British Astronomical Association
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- Date Published: May 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139243285
- contains: 19 b/w illus. 4 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Observing the farthest things in the universe Jay M. Pasachoff
2. The cosmic background radiation Ed Cheng
3. Quasars Patrick S. Osmer
4. Galaxies at the limit: the epoch of galaxy formation Hyron Spinrad
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