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Time, space, stars & man : the story of the big bang

Author: Michael M Woolfson
Publisher: London : Imperial College Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd editionView all editions and formats
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Describe the processes, as we understand them that go from the Big Bang to the creation of matter, the concentration of that matter into stars and planets, the development of simple life forms and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael M Woolfson
ISBN: 9781848169333 1848169337 9781848169340 1848169345
OCLC Number: 835115510
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 477 pages : illustrations (some color), map (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Musing --
The universe --
Christian Doppler and his effect --
Measuring distances in the universe --
Edwin Hubble's expanding universe --
A weird and wonderful universe --
Matter and the universe --
The nature of matter --
The big-bang hypothesis --
How matter can clump together --
The universe develops structure --
Stars, stellar clusters and galaxies --
The first stars are born, live and die --
The formation of globular clusters and galaxies --
Making the sun and similar stories --
The solar system --
Understanding the nature of the solar system --
Introducing the planets --
Satellites galore --
'Vermin of the sky' and other small bodies --
Planets galore --
Forming the solar system --
Making planets --
Shrinking orbits and the survival of planetary systems --
Now satellites form --
What can be learnt from meteorites? --
A little-bang theory and the terrestrial planets --
The moon, its structure and history --
The very small planets, Mars and Mercury --
Smaller bodies of the solar system --
The origin of isotopic anomalies in meteorites --
Life on Earth --
The Earth settles down, more-or-less --
What is life? --
Forms of life --
Nineteenth century genetics, the survival of the fittest --
Twentieth century genetics, the alphabets of life --
Life begins on Earth --
The restless Earth --
Oxygen, ozone and life --
The evolution of life, from Archaea to early mammals --
Early mammals to man --
Man and the Earth --
Musing again.
Other Titles: Time, space, stars and man
Responsibility: Michael M. Woolfson, University of York, UK.

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