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The cosmic century : a history of astrophysics and cosmology

Author: M S Longair
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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"The twentieth century witnessed the emergence of the disciplines of astrophysics and cosmology, from subjects which scarcely existed, to two of the most exciting and demanding areas of contemporary scientific inquiry. There has never been a century in which fundamental ideas about the nature of our Universe and its contents have changed so dramatically. This book reviews the historical development of all the key  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M S Longair
ISBN: 9780521474368 0521474361
OCLC Number: 62475336
Description: xvi, 545 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Stars and stellar evolution up to the Second World War. --
The legacy of the nineteenth century --
The classification of stellar spectra --
Stellar structure and evolution --
The end points of stellar evolution --
pt. 2. The large-scale structure of the Universe 1900-1939. --
The Galaxy and the nature of the spiral nebulae --
The origins of astrophysical cosmology --
pt. 3. The opening up of the electromagnetic spectrum. --
The opening up of the electromagnetic spectrum and the new astronomies --
pt. 4. The astrophysics of stars and galaxies since 1945. --
Stars and stellar evolution --
The physics of the interstellar medium --
The physics of galaxies and clusters of galaxies --
High energy astrophysics --
pt. 5. Astrophysical cosmology since 1945. --
Astrophysical cosmology --
The determination of cosmological parameters --
The evolution of galaxies and active galaxies with cosmic epoch --
The origin of galaxies and the large-scale structure of the Universe --
The very early Universe.
Responsibility: Malcolm S. Longair.
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