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Author: David A Weintraub
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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Tells the incredible story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces readers to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy.--From publisher description.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David A Weintraub
ISBN: 9780691147314 0691147310 9780691156286 069115628X
OCLC Number: 564132718
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2011.
Commended for Association of American Publishers' Annual Award in Physics and Astronomy 2011.
Shortlisted for PROSE Awards: Cosmology & Astronomy 2011.
Commended for PROSE Awards: Cosmology & Astronomy 2011.
Description: 370 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : 13.7 billion years --
pt. 1. The age of objects in our solar system --
4004 BCE --
Moon rocks and meteorites --
Defying gravity --
pt. 2. The ages of the oldest stars --
Stepping out --
Distances and light --
All stars are not the same --
Giant and dwarf stars --
Reading a Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram --
Mass --
Star clusters --
Mass matters --
White dwarfs and the age of the universe --
Ages of globular clusters and the age of the universe --
pt. 3. The age of the universe --
Cepheids --
An irregular system of globular clusters --
The Milky Way demoted --
The trouble with gravity --
The expanding universe --
The Hubble age of the universe --
The accelerating universe --
Dark matter --
Exotic dark matter --
Hot stuff --
Two kinds of trouble --
The WMAP map of the CMB and the age of the universe --
A consistent answer.
Responsibility: David A. Weintraub.

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