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Cosmic Dispatches : The New York Times Reports on Astronomy and Cosmology - John Noble Wilford

Cosmic Dispatches

The New York Times Reports on Astronomy and Cosmology

By: John Noble Wilford (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th January 2002
ISBN: 9780393322774
Number Of Pages: 320

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The scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe are among the most imaginative and provocative explorers of our time. Like the geographic explorers of earlier centuries, they venture into uncharted spaces, come upon new worlds, expand the knowable, and challenge thinking about the place of humans in all things. Collected here are the most exciting moments of recent astronomical explorations, presented by the award-winning science reporters of The New York Times. Recent leaps in technology have allowed astronomers to peer deeply into the universe and to bring into focus fascinating and unsuspected phenomena. Cosmic Dispatches conveys in thrilling detail the meaning and significance of what scientists have been learning about our universe.

Introduction: Informed Wonderp. 9
The Big Bang of Dispatchesp. 19
Let There Be Lightp. 24
New Vistas Open for Earthbound Astronomersp. 25
What Else Lurks Out There?p. 32
The New X-ray View of Galaxiesp. 37
Observatory for Twenty-first Century Takes Shapep. 41
Pictures of the Infant Universep. 47
Travels in the Solar Systemp. 51
Apollo and the Moon's Violent Birthp. 52
Water on the Moon?p. 57
Venus's Face Offers Hints of Cataclysmp. 60
The Comet's Gift: Hints of How Earth Came to Lifep. 64
Magnetic Fields on Distant Moons Hint at Hidden Lifep. 69
Fire, Water, and, Maybe, Life in Jupiter's Realmp. 72
The Once and Future Martiansp. 77
Clues in Meteorite Seem to Show Signs of Life on Mars Long Agop. 78
On Mars, Life's Getting Tougher (If Not Impossible)p. 82
Spacecraft to Land on the Planet of Dreamsp. 85
The Floods of Marsp. 88
A "Bonus" from Marsp. 91
Highs and Lows of Marsp. 94
New Worldsp. 97
A Nursery of New Planetsp. 98
Two Sightings of Planet Orbiting a Sunlike Starp. 101
More Discoveries of Extrasolar Planetsp. 103
In a Golden Age of Discovery, Faraway Worlds Beckonp. 106
A Disk of Dust Holds a Clue to Birth of Planetsp. 116
Search for New Planets Yields Confusionp. 118
At Long Last, a New Family of Planetsp. 124
The Birth and Death of Starsp. 128
Rare Glimpse of a New Star Aborningp. 129
New Look at Apocalypse: Dying Sun Will Boil Seas and Leave Orbiting Cinderp. 133
The Spectacular Shudders of Dying Starsp. 138
Some Strange and Awesome Thingsp. 142
Space Telescope Confirms Theory of Black Holesp. 143
A Black Hole's Awful Table Mannersp. 146
Enormous Plume of Antimatter Alters View of the Milky Wayp. 150
Astronomers Detect Explosion Second Only to Big Bangp. 153
Astronomers Confirm the Existence of Failed Starsp. 156
A New Category of Brown Dwarfsp. 159
An Enormous Surge of Stellar Radiationp. 161
In Cosmic Blasts, Clues to Black Holesp. 164
Mystery of the Missing Massp. 170
Physicists Step Up Exotic Search for the Universe's Missing Massp. 171
Mass Found in Elusive Neutrinop. 177
Astronomers Glimpse Galaxies Aborningp. 182
The Universe as Telescopep. 187
Galaxies' Vastness Surprises Scientistsp. 193
Cosmology Comes of Agep. 198
Sizing Up the Cosmos: An Astronomer's Questp. 200
Profound Insight on How Time Beganp. 206
In the Glow of Cosmic Discovery, a Physicist Ponders God and Famep. 209
Scientists, Once Starry-Eyed, Get Clearer View of Universep. 213
A Young or Old Universe?p. 218
Universe's Age Poses New Cosmic Puzzlep. 219
Einstein's Blunder as Fix for New Crisisp. 222
Conflicting Answers for the Age of the Universep. 227
The Importance of the Number 70p. 232
A Younger Age, Perhaps?p. 235
Fate of the Universep. 238
Wary Astronomers Ponder an Accelerating Universep. 239
In the Light of Dying Stars, Astronomers See Intimations of Cosmic Immortalityp. 243
"Missing Energy" of the Universep. 252
At the Other End of "Big Bang" May Simply Be a Big Sputterp. 255
Looking and Listening for ETp. 259
Widening the Hunt for Alien Lifep. 260
In Search of Star Dust and Clues to Lifep. 264
Scanning the Heavens for Signs of Lifep. 268
From the Big Bang to a Theory of Everythingp. 274
A Primordial Form of Matterp. 275
New Findings Help Balance the Cosmological Booksp. 278
Sailing a Wheelchair to the End of Timep. 285
Almost in Awe, Physicists Ponder "Ultimate" Theoryp. 292
Cosmic Views from 2001p. 299
New View of a Nursery of Starsp. 300
Two More Planetary Systemsp. 304
In Big Bang's Echoes, Clues to the Cosmosp. 307
With Little Evidence, String Theory Gains Influencep. 312
A Test of Einstein's Negative Gravityp. 315
Before the Big Bang, There Was ... What?p. 317
Indexp. 325
About the Authorsp. 343
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ISBN: 9780393322774
ISBN-10: 0393322777
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17th January 2002
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 17.68  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1

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