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Our evolving universe

Author: M S Longair
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M S Longair
ISBN: 0521550912 9780521550918 0521629756 9780521629751
OCLC Number: 32467214
Description: xii, 185 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Contents: 1. grand design --
1.1. unfolding Universe --
1.2. Sizes and distances in the Universe --
1.3. nature of light and the electromagnetic spectrum --
1.4. Observing the sky through the Earth's atmosphere --
1.5. temperatures of celestial objects --
1.6. Universe as observed in different wavebands --
1.7. multi-wavelength Universe --
2. birth of the stars and the great cosmic cycle --
2.1. Powering the Sun and the stars --
2.2. Sun --
a testbed for the physics of the stars --
2.3. evolution of stars and the great cosmic cycle --
2.4. How to observe stars forming --
2.5. problems of star formation --
2.6. Interstellar chemistry and the origin of life --
3. origin of quasars --
3.1. origins of high energy astrophysics --
3.2. radio galaxies and the discovery of quasars --
3.3. discovery of pulsars --
3.4. supernova SN1987A --
3.5. discovery of X-ray binary sources --
3.6. General relativity and black holes --
3.7. astrophysics of black holes --
3.8. Observational evidence for black holes --
3.9. big problems --
4. origin of galaxies --
4.1. evolution of galaxies oversimplified --
4.2. Hubble's law and the expansion of the Universe --
4.3. dynamics of the expanding Universe --
4.4. measurement of cosmological parameters --
4.5. dark matter problem --
4.6. Gravitational lenses and dark matter --
4.7. basic problems of galaxy formation --
4.8. Radiation in the expanding Universe --
4.9. Dark matter and galaxy formation --
4.10. Making real galaxies --
5. origin of the Universe --
5.1. Towards the Big Bang --
5.2. thermal history of the Universe --
5.3. synthesis of the light elements --
5.4. Nine facts about the Universe --
5.5. four fundamental problems --
5.6. Solutions to the great problems --
5.7. anthropic cosmological principle --
5.8. inflationary Universe and clues from particle physics --
5.9. Final things.
Responsibility: Malcolm S. Longair.
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