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The New Cosmos
Answering Astronomy's Big Questions

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  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107068858
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  • Over the past decade, astronomers, planetary scientists, and cosmologists have answered - or are closing in on the answers to - some of the biggest questions about the universe. David J. Eicher presents a spectacular exploration of the cosmos that provides a balanced and precise view of the latest discoveries. Detailed and entertaining narratives on compelling topics such as how the Sun will die, the end of life on Earth, why Venus turned itself inside-out, the Big Bang Theory, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, and the meaning of life in the universe are supported by numerous color illustrations including photos, maps and explanatory diagrams. In each chapter the author sets out the scientific history of a specific question or problem, before tracing the modern observations and evidence in order to solve it. Join David J. Eicher on this fascinating journey through the cosmos!

    • Inspired by Carl Sagan's original Cosmos series and best-selling book (1980) it covers a broad selection of contemporary 'big picture' topics in astrophysics, planetary science and cosmology
    • Endorsed by leading scientists such as Alex Filippenko (who wrote the Foreword) and sixteen other experts
    • Suitable for beginners and all who wonder about the universe
    • David J. Eicher is the long-time Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy magazine and a guest writer for the Huffington Post
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    • Honourable Mention, 2016 PROSE Award for Popular Science and Popular Mathematics

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    "David Eicher has more than three decades' experience of writing about astronomy for a general readership. His experience and enthusiasm shine through in this wide-ranging survey of current 'hot topics'."
    Martin Rees, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge

    "The New Cosmos by David Eicher is a wonderful read! This wonderfully written, accessible, authoritative new book spans the breadth of major topics in early twenty-first-century astronomy, engaging the reader in every chapter. I haven't seen a better book surveying modern astronomy in a decade. I highly recommend this masterpiece as a gift to yourself or anyone interested in space and astronomy."
    Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of the New Horizons mission, Southwest Research Institute

    "If you are looking for a collection of newspaper headlines full of hype about this discovery or that, then The New Cosmos probably isn't for you. On the other hand, if those headlines whet your appetite for something more substantial, then pick up a copy and settle in for a fascinating and enlightening read. The New Cosmos is not simply a survey of astronomy and planetary science - it is more of a travelogue, starting with intriguing questions and then following where each story leads. And there throughout the journey is David J. Eicher's obvious passion and joy for the wonders of the heavens, and for the human quest to make those wonders known."
    Jeff Hester, Professor Emeritus, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University

    "In this book, Eicher synthesizes a wealth of relatively new information into an interesting, coherent, up-to-date overview of many of the most important and exciting areas of astronomy … Immersing yourself in the chapters that follow will give you a new sense of wonder at the amazing universe that we inhabit, yet simultaneously awakening both your humility as a cosmic speck of dust and your awe at our present understanding of the cosmos."
    Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley, from the Foreword

    "This is an exceptional book that places our life in a global perspective on the cosmic stage, both in space and in time. It leaves you wondering whether our civilization should reconsider its priorities if it wishes to be regarded as intelligent."
    Abraham Loeb, Harvard University

    "David Eicher provides a much-needed update to Carl Sagan's classic book Cosmos from thirty-five years ago, describing the most fascinating advances in astronomy and planetary science."
    Alfred McEwen, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson

    "The New Cosmos is an enjoyable stroll through our current knowledge of the objects in the cosmic zoo. As a planetary scientist, I welcome the opportunity to learn about fields distant from my own. I know that I can trust their treatment because my own field is expertly and concisely covered. Bravo!"
    Paul D. Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston

    "It can be easy to forget just how many different major astrophysical discoveries have taken place in recent years. Eicher takes the reader through a whirlwind tour of the most exciting highlights, from newly discovered planets in our own cosmic backyard, to the dark matter and dark energy that are ubiquitous throughout our universe. The New Cosmos covers all of the 'big questions' that are being nervously and excitedly debated in the hallways of astronomy and physics departments around the world."
    Dan Hooper, Fermilab, Illinois

    "If you want to know what happens when the Sun dies, or wish to understand such puzzles as the true nature of black holes and the long-term fate of the universe, then you should be reading this book. In clear and authoritative prose, David Eicher offers readers a wonderful set of answers to the most consequential questions in astronomy. It's an impressively comprehensive treatment of the biggest subject of all - the cosmos."
    Seth Shostak, SETI Institute, California

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    07th Mar 2016 by Nateklaiber

    I am a newcomer to the world of Astronomy. I've started a little over a year ago and had two initial goals: 1) observe with my eyes, binoculars, and telescope (no electronics) to learn the night sky, and 2) educate myself through books on many different subjects around Astronomy. I subscribed to monthly magazines, Astronomy included, and was excited when I saw this book authored by David Eicher. I pre-ordered and patiently awaited. It was worth the wait. I skimmed through the book for a quick glance and was excited to start the book. Once I started I found it very hard to put down. So much so that I spent a few hours over the weekend and read it in its entirety (including all of the terms at the end). I finished with my mind racing with many more thoughts or extended questions on the subject matter. Some of it was due to my lack of knowledge of some of the basics, and some of it was due to my mind processing the things I just learned. I felt that Mr. Eicher did an excellent job of taking you on a journey through the entire book and relating many of the chapters to each other. The best part of this book is that it left me wanting more. It left me with a new set of questions. It left me with an excitement to go even deeper on the different topics. As a newcomer to Astronomy, I loved this book.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107068858
    • length: 295 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 197 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 90 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Alex Filippenko
    1. The awakening of astronomy
    2. How the Sun will die
    3. The end of life on Earth
    4. How the moon formed
    5. Where has all the water gone?
    6. Why did Venus turn inside-out?
    7. Is Pluto a planet?
    8. Planets everywhere
    9. The Milky Way as barred spiral
    10. Here comes Milkomeda
    11. The Big Bang's cosmic echo
    12. How large is the universe?
    13. The mystery of dark matter
    14. The bigger mystery of dark energy
    15. Black holes are ubiquitous
    16. What is the universe's fate?
    17. The meaning of life in the cosmos

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    David J. Eicher, Editor-in-Chief, Astronomy magazine
    David J. Eicher is Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy magazine, and one of the most recognized astronomy enthusiasts in the world. He has spoken widely to amateur astronomy groups and written eight books on astronomy including Comets: Visitors from Deep Space and The Universe from your Backyard. He is president of the Astronomy Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors for Starmus Festival. An avid observer of astronomical objects for more than thirty-five years, he was honored by the International Astronomical Union with the naming of a minor planet, 3617 Eicher.


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