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Cosmic horizons : astronomy at the cutting edge

Author: Steven Soter; Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 2001.
Series: American Museum of Natural History book.
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Leading scientists offer a collection of essays that furnish explanations of recent discoveries in modern astrophysics, from the Big Bang to black holes.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Soter; Neil deGrasse Tyson
ISBN: 1565846028 9781565846029
OCLC Number: 45172990
Description: 253 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: A hidden ocean on Europa? / Clark R. Chapman --
The Kuiper Belt / Jane Luu --
Case study: Gerard Kuiper and the trans-Neptunian comet belt --
Detecting extra-solar planets / David C. Black --
Interplanetary impact hazards / David Morrison --
Profile: Ernst Chladni and rocks from the sky --
The Orion Nebula: a stellar nursery / C. Robert O'Dell --
Circumstellar disks and the prevalence of life / Steven V.W. Beckwith --
Planetary nebulae / Adam Frank --
Case study: Friedrich Bessel and the companion of Sirius --
When stars collide / Michael M. Shara --
Profile: Cecilia Payne and the composition of the stars --
Galaxies through space and time / Henry C. Ferguson --
Searching for dark matter in galaxies with gravitational lensing / Christopher Stubbs --
Profile: Vera Rubin and dark matter --
Faint galaxies / Julianne Dalcanton --
Active galaxies and black holes / Roeland P. van der Marel --
Case study: John Michell and black holes --
Mapping the universe / Michael A. Strauss --
Case study: the cosmic microwave background radiation --
Cosmic expansion and acceleration / Robert P. Kirshner --
Profile: Fritz Zwicky's extraordinary vision --
Two views of the cosmos / Edward Harrison --
Profile: Ole Roemer and the speed of light --
Case study: Olbers' paradox: why is the sky dark at night? --
What happened before the big bang? / Lee Smolin --
Profile: Georges Lemaître, father of the big bang --
Habitable worlds / Christopher Chyba --
Subsurface life on the earth and other worlds / Thomas Gold --
Can interplanetary rocks carry life? / H.J. Melosh --
Case study: fossil microbes from Mars? Bringing life to Mars / Christopher P. McKay --
Profile: Carl Sagan and the quest for life in the universe --
Gamma ray bursts / Bohdan Paczynski --
Case study: neutrino observatories --
Astrophysical computer modeling / Mordecai-Mark Mac Low --
NASA's origins program: answering the ancient questions / Alan Dressler --
Profile: Lyman Spitzer and the space telescope --
SETI: the next forty years / Jill C. Tarter.
Series Title: American Museum of Natural History book.
Responsibility: Steven Soter and Neil deGrasse Tyson, editors.

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Leading scientists offer a collection of essays that furnish explanations of recent discoveries in modern astrophysics, from the Big Bang to black holes.

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