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The evolving universe and the origin of life : the search for our cosmic roots

Author: Pekka Teerikorpi
Publisher: New York, NY : Springer, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This history of science analyzes how we came to be. It starts with life's origins and tracks the universe to present day, covering astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology and offering biographical  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pekka Teerikorpi
ISBN: 9780387095332 0387095330 9780387095349 0387095349
OCLC Number: 302278443
Description: xvii, 508 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The widening world view. When science was born --
Science in Athens --
Planetary spheres and the size of the universe --
Medieval cosmology --
The roots of the Copernican Revolution --
The true laws of planetary motion revealed --
Galileo Galilei and his successors --
How far away are the stars? --
The scale of the solar system --
pt. 2. Physical laws of nature. Newton --
Celestial mechanics --
Nature of light --
Electricity and magnetism --
Time and space --
Curved space and gravity --
Atoms and nuclei --
Strange microworld --
Elementary particles. pt. 3. The universe. Stars: cosmic fusion reactors --
The riddle of the Milky Way --
Entering the galaxy universe --
Large-scale structure of the universe --
Finite or infinite universe: cosmological models --
When it all began: big bang --
The dark side of the universe --
Active galaxies: messages through radio waves --
Origin of galaxies --
pt. 4. Life in the universe. The nature of life --
The origin of earth and its moon --
Emergence and evolution of life --
Life and our solar system --
Extrasolar planetary systems and life in other solar systems --
Human's role in the universe.
Other Titles: Search for our cosmic roots
Responsibility: Pekka Teerikorpi [and others].
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