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The extravagant universe : exploding stars, dark energy, and the accelerating cosmos

Author: Robert P Kirshner
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002.
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One of the world's leading astronomers, Robert Kirshner, takes readers inside a lively research team on the quest that led them to an extraordinary cosmological discovery: the expansion of the universe is accelerating under the influence of a dark energy that makes space itself expand. In addition to sharing the story of this exciting discovery, Kirshner also brings the science up-to-date in a new epilogue. He  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Kirshner
ISBN: 0691058628 9780691058627 069111742X 9780691117423
OCLC Number: 50166596
Awards: Winner of Association of American Publishers' Annual Award in Physics and Astronomy 2003
Short-listed for Aventis Prize for Science Books 2003
Commended for Aventis General Prize for Science Books 2003
Description: xii, 282 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The big picture --
Violent agents of cosmic change --
Another way to explode --
Einstein adds a constant --
Cosmic expansion --
What time is it? --
A hot day in Holmdel --
Learning to swim --
Getting it first --
Getting it right --
The smoking gun?
Responsibility: Robert P. Kirshner.
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