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50 Ideas You Really Need to Know about the Universe : 50 Ideas Series - Joanne Baker

50 Ideas You Really Need to Know about the Universe

50 Ideas Series

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Published: 6th January 2010
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The pace and sophistication of recent discoveries in space has been breathtaking, but breakthroughs are often difficult to understand and their impact is hard to fully appreciate.

In 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: Universe, Joanne Baker clearly and concisely explains all of the essential concepts, major discoveries and the very latest thinking in astrophysics, including: the basic principles of astronomy – from heliocentrism to Newton’s theory of optics; the constituent parts of the Universe, its creation and evolution; the key concepts of cosmology including the theory of relativity, supermassive black holes and ‘multiverses’; the very latest developments in our understanding of quasars, exoplanets and astrobiology.

About The Author

Joanne Baker studied Physics at the University of Cambridge and took her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Sydney in 1995. She is an editor at Nature magazine, where her speciality is space and Earth science.

Introduction. REVEALING THE UNIVERSE: Planets; Heliocentrism; Kepler's laws; Newton's law of gravitation; Newton's theory of optics; The telescope; Fraunhofer lines; Doppler effect; Parallax; The Great Debate. COSMOLOGY: Olbers' paradox; Hubble's law; Cosmic distance ladder; The Big Bang; Cosmic microwave background; Big Bang nucleosynthesis; Antimatter; Dark matter; Cosmic inflation; Cosmological constant. SPACETIME AND BEYOND: Mach's principle; Special relativity; General relativity; Black holes; Particle astrophysics; The God particle; String theory; Anthropic principle. GALAXIES: Hubble galaxy sequence; Galaxy clusters; Large-scale structure; Radio astronomy; Quasars; X-ray background; Supermassive black holes; Galaxy evolution; Gravitational lensing. STARS: Stellar classifications; Stellar evolution; Stellar births; Stellar deaths; Pulsars; Gamma-ray bursts; Variability; The Sun; Exoplanets; Formation of the solar system; Moons; Astrobiology; Fermi paradox. Glossary. Index.

ISBN: 9780857381231
ISBN-10: 0857381237
Series: 50 Ideas Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 6th January 2010
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 17.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1