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Flash! : the hunt for the biggest explosions in the universe

Author: Govert Schilling
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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About three times a day our sky flashes with a powerful pulse of gamma ray bursts (GRB), invisible to human eyes but not to astronomers' instruments. Where these bursts originate, and how they come to have such incredible energies, is a mystery scientists have been trying to solve for three decades. Based on interviews with leading scientists, Flash! provides an insider's account of the scientific challenges  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Govert Schilling
ISBN: 0521800536 9780521800532
OCLC Number: 48571915
Description: 291 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The breath of Armageddon --
The sky watchers of Los Alamos --
The bat mystery --
A duel over distance --
Liras, tears and satellites --
Beaming in on afterglows --
First among equals --
Eavesdropping on heavenly whispers --
Thinking with the speed of light --
Competition for the big bang --
Curious connections --
Alchemists of the cosmos --
The magnetar attraction --
The Argus eyes of Livermore --
Fireworks and black holes --
A flashing future --
War and peace.
Other Titles: Flash!
Responsibility: Govert Schilling ; translated by Naomi Greenberg-Slovin.
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Gamma ray bursts are the biggest explosions since the Big Bang. Unknown until their accidental discovery by military satellites, astronomers all over the world are now searching for these mysterious  Read more...

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'... one of the best generally accessible overviews of gamma ray astronomy ... strongly recommended.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight 'Schilling, a professional science writer, skillfully leads the Read more...

 
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