One Universe At Home in the Cosmos

ISBN-10: 0309064880
ISBN-13: 9780309064880
Edition: 2000
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Description: Almost every day we are challenged by new information from the outermost reaches of space. This text explores the physical principles that govern the workings of our world and the cosmos, on the largest and smallest scales.

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 12/17/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 10.25" wide x 12.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.784

Almost every day we are challenged by new information from the outermost reaches of space. This text explores the physical principles that govern the workings of our world and the cosmos, on the largest and smallest scales.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in New York City on October 5, 1958. Interested in astronomy since he was a child, Tyson gave lectures on the topic at the age of 15. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and was the editor-in-chief for its Physical Science Journal. After earning a B.A. in Physics from Harvard in 1980, Tyson received an M.A. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia in 1991. Since 1996, Tyson has held the position of Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. In 2004, Tyson joined the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. He has hosted PBS's television show NOVA scienceNOW since 2006. Tyson can also be seen frequently as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Tyson has written many popular books on astronomy, and he began his "Universe" column for Natural History magazine in 1995. In 2009, he published the bestselling book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet to describe the controversy over Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. Tyson was recognized in 2004 with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007.

Introduction: Our Connection to the Universe
Motion: Everything Moves
The Expanding Universe
Motion Through the Millennia
The Universe Goes 'Round
Gravity's Hold on the Cosmos
Gravity and Light
The Eternal Free Fall of Orbits
Gravity Rules
Matter: The Stuff of the Universe
Matter's Many Guises
The Scarcity of Matter
We Are Stardust
The Physics of Dense Matter
Too Much Matter
Energy: The Power of Cosmic Phenomena
Energy Powers the Universe
By the Light of a Star
Probing Space with Spectra
Electromagnetism at Work
Sighting the Superenergetic
Evidence for Supermassive Black Holes
Frontiers: The Limits of Motion, Matter, and Energy
Does Matter + Energy = Life?
Where Did the Universe Come From?
How Small Does Matter Get?
The Source of Big Explosions
Where Does the Universe Go From Here?
What Lies Ahead
Progress in Understanding the Cosmos: A Selected Chronology
Glossary
About the Authors
Index
Credits

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