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Cosmological Enigmas Pulsars, Quasars and Other Deep-Space Questions

ISBN-10: 0801884608
ISBN-13: 9780801884603
Edition: 2008
Authors: Mark Kidger
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Description: The universe is big. Really big. And it gets bigger every day. In Cosmological Enigmas Mark Kidger weaves together history, science, and science fiction to consider questions about the bigness of space and the strange objects that lie trembling at  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

The universe is big. Really big. And it gets bigger every day. In Cosmological Enigmas Mark Kidger weaves together history, science, and science fiction to consider questions about the bigness of space and the strange objects that lie trembling at the edge of infinity. What are quasars, blazars, and gamma-ray bursters? Could we ever travel to the stars? Can we really expect aliens to contact us? From the profound (what evidence do we have to support the big bang theory?) to the bizarre (can there be more than one universe and, if so, how many dimensions does it possess?) to the everyday-yet-profound (why is the sky dark at night?), Kidger explains not only what we know but how we came to know it. Reflecting on how stars shine and what may lie beyond the edge of the universe, Kidger takes us on the ultimate cosmic journey.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
How Are Stars Born and How Do They Die?
How Do We Know That Black Holes Exist?
Who Is the Strangest in the Cosmic Zoo?
How Far Is It to the Stars and Will We Ever Be Able to Travel to Them?
How Old Is the Universe?
Is Anybody There?
How Will the Universe End?
Why Is the Sky Dark at Night?
How Do We Know There Was a Big Bang?
What Is There Outside the Universe?
Notes
Index

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