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Visit to a small universe

Author: Virginia Trimble
Publisher: New York, NY : American Institute of Physics, ©1992.
Series: Masters of modern physics, v. 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With wit, charm, and an uncanny ability to illuminate technical implications with master strokes of simplicity, Virginia Trimble weaves two important themes. First, that we really understand much of what our universe is like on a large scale; and second, that unanswered questions are at least as exciting as those we think we've answered."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia Trimble
ISBN: 0883187922 9780883187920
OCLC Number: 24870798
Description: xiv, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Astronomy, ancient and modern: Cheops' pyramid --
Star of Bethlehem --
In their own words --
Relativistic astrophysics --
Origins. According to Hoyle --
Are galaxies here to stay? / with Martin Rees --
Man's place in the universe --
Dark matter --
The anthropic principle --
It's a nice planet to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there --
Where are they? --
Lives of stars. Classifying ourselves --
The odd two percent --
Close binary stars --
Cataclysmic variables --
Deaths of stars. White dwarf: the once and future suns --
The Crab Nebula and pulsar --
The greatest supernova since Kepler --
So you want to find a supernova? --
Remnants of historical supernovae / with David H. Clark --
Fruits of marriage. Gravitational radiation and the binary pulsar --
Masada, suicide, and Halakhah --
Gravitational radiation detectors --
Astronomers observed. The bet is yet to be --
Information explosion --
Progress is not our most important product --
Death comes as the end --
Young versus established American astronomers --
Prestigious start --
Self-citation rates in astronomical papers --
Antic muse. Brief encounter with a facilities manual --
Astronomical conferences --
Trimble's laws --
Star gazers. Martin J. Rees --
Maarten Schmidt --
Beatrice M. Tinsely --
Fritz Zwicky.
Series Title: Masters of modern physics, v. 4.
Responsibility: Virginia Trimble.
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