The Thrill of Extragalactic Exploration
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- Editor: Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado
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The Universe in which we live is unimaginably vast and ancient, with countless star systems, galaxies, and extraordinary phenomena such as black holes, dark matter, and gamma ray bursts. What phenomena remain mysteries, even to seasoned scientists? Our Universe is a fascinating collection of essays by some of the world's foremost astrophysicists. Some are theorists, some computational modelers, some observers, but all offer their insights into the most cutting-edge, difficult, and curious aspects of astrophysics. Compiled, the essays describe more than the latest techniques and findings. Each of the ten contributors offers a more personal perspective on their work, revealing what motivates them and how their careers and lives have been shaped by their desire to understand our universe. S. Alan Stern is Director of the Department of Space Studies at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist with both observational and theoretical interests. Stern is an avid pilot and a principal investigator in NASA's planetary research program, and he was selected to be a NASA space shuttle mission specialist finalist. He is the author of more than 100 papers and popular articles. His most recent book is Pluto & Charon (Wiley, 1997). Contributors: Dr. John Huchra, Harvard University Dr. Esther Hu, University of Hawaii, Honolulu Dr. John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Dr. Nick Gnedin, University of Colorado, Boulder Dr. Doug Richstone, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Dr. Bohdan Paczynski, Princeton University, NJ Dr. Megan Donahue, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD Dr. Jerry Ostriker, Princeton University, New Jersey G. Bothun, University of Oregon, EugeneRead more
- Accessible contributions by leading world experts
- Personal stories and unique insight into what drives world-class astrophysicists
- Reveals the wonders and achievements of cutting-edge astronomy and cosmology
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"...a fascinating collection of essays on cosmology by nine of the most important scientists in the field, who take the reader to the edge of the Big Bang and the event horizon of a black hole...the essays are accessibly written and will be eagerly read by science buffs...Young people interested in going into any of the sciences will learn about the often uphill battle from several of the personal accounts here." Publishers WeeklySee more reviews
"Nine renowned astronomers recount their simple childhood love of the night sky and how they grew up to be cutting-edge scientists using sophisticated instruments to investigate black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and the mysteries of dark matter." Discover
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- Date Published: January 2005
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511031175
- contains: 16 b/w illus. 18 colour illus.
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Table of Contents
Introduction A. Stern
The frontier universe: at the edge of night A. Stern
Part I. Revealing A Universe: Mapmaker, mapmaker make me a map: probing the universe's large scale structure John Huchra
Looking back in time: searching for the highest redshift galaxies Esther Hu
COBE probes the cosmic microwave background John Mather
Computational adventures in large scale structure Nick Gnedin
Part II. Denizens of the Deep: The discovery of massive black holes Doug Richstone
Gamma ray bursters revealed Bohdan Paczynski
Galaxy clusters, cathedrals, and the fate of the universe Megan Donahue
Courier new, courier: dark matter and the discovery of galactic halos Jerry Ostriker
Galaxy hunting: discovering low surface brightness galaxies Gregory Botham.
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