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The biggest bangs : the mystery of gamma-ray bursts, the most violent explosions in the universe

Author: Jonathan I Katz
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"Gamma-ray bursts are the most violent events since the birth of the universe. They are about ten times more energetic than the most powerful supernovas. At their peak, gamma-ray bursts are the brightest objects in space, about 100,000 times brighter than an entire galaxy. And yet until recently these titanic eruptions were the most mysterious events in astronomy." "In The Biggest Bangs, astrophysicist Jonathan Katz  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Katz, Jonathan I.
Biggest bangs.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001036545
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan I Katz
ISBN: 0195145704 9780195145700 1423722485 9781423722489 1280531924 9781280531927
OCLC Number: 70725246
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 218 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Vela 3 --
2. Detectors 12 --
3. Where Are They? 21 --
4. What Are They? 29 --
5. Compactness 40 --
6. The Large Magellanic Cloud 50 --
7. False Lines 60 --
8. False Light 70 --
9. The Copernican Dilemma 82 --
10. Soft Gamma Repeaters 94 --
11. Batse 106 --
12. The Great Debate 116 --
13. The Theorists' Turn 126 --
14. Afterglows 139 --
15. A Supernova Connection? 152 --
16. The Holy Grail 162 --
17. The End of the Beginning 178 --
Appendix Did a Gamma-ray Burst Kill the Dinosaurs? Will a Burst Kill Us? 185.
Responsibility: Jonathan I. Katz.
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For over a quarter of a century, gamma-ray bursts were the outstanding mystery in astronomy. No one knew where they were or how they worked. The Biggest Bangs tells how the mystery was unravelled,  Read more...

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