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Cosmic Enigmas : Masters of Modern Physics - Joseph I. Silk

Cosmic Enigmas

Masters of Modern Physics

Hardcover Published: 8th May 1997
ISBN: 9781563960611
Number Of Pages: 214

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"Archeology is the science that probes the past few thousand years. Geology takes us back two or even three billion years. Beyond that is the realm of cosmology: the study of the beginnings of the Universe around us."
So begins a journey deep into the origins of time, the birth of galaxies, and all the way to the farthest realm, beyond the end of it all. The tour starts at the beginning, the very early Universe - with Silk's masterful account of the Big Bang Theory, culminating in the 1965 discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation. "This whisper of creation is the greatly faded relic of the primordial fireball..."
A respected and creative scientist, Silk writes about cosmology, astronomy and astrophysics with an accessible combination of "clarity, poise, even wit," as The New York Times said of his earlier book for general readers, The Left Hand of Creation (written with John D. Barrow).
This volume in the celebrated Masters of Modern Physics series probes the enigma of the great cosmic voids, "missing mass" in the Universe, a puzzle that continues to baffle scientists as one of the principal unsolved dark mysteries.
"The cosmic connection," Silk concludes, "defines our place in the Universe, in more ways than one. The uniformity of the radiation in the sky, to better than a thousandth of a percent, tells us that our location can be nowhere special. We are neither at the center nor at the edge of the Universe, but at a perfectly random location in a perfectly isotropic Universe."

About the Series
Cosmologists and Their Mythsp. 3
Anthropic Musingsp. 8
The Big-Bang Theoryp. 12
The Very Early Universep. 22
Formation of the Galaxiesp. 43
Slow-motion Galactic Birthp. 51
A Deep Look at Forming Galaxiesp. 54
In Search of Young Galaxiesp. 57
The First Starsp. 60
Did the Tail Wag the Cosmic Dog?p. 68
Primordial Helium Abundance and Big-Bang Cosmologyp. 72
Historic Fluctuationsp. 78
The Origin of Galaxiesp. 84
Moving As Onep. 99
Deciphering the Cosmic Codep. 103
Our Local Pancakep. 108
Texture and Cosmic Structurep. 115
A Quasar Superstructurep. 120
Texture and the Microwave Backgroundp. 123
Is Omega Equal to Unity?p. 126
A Bubbly Universep. 129
The Large-Scale Structure of the Universep. 133
The Dark Cloudp. 149
The Dark Cloud Revisitedp. 153
The Invisible Universep. 157
From Quark to Cosmosp. 163
The Missing Mass - Now It's a Gravitino!p. 169
Great Voids in the Universep. 173
The Intergalactic Mediump. 177
Dark Matter Comes in from the Coldp. 180
Cosmology Back to the Beginningp. 185
Probing the Primeval Fireballp. 190
An Infrared View of the Universep. 197
Dark Matter Detected?p. 202
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Indexp. 210
About the Authorp. 214
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ISBN: 9781563960611
ISBN-10: 1563960613
Series: Masters of Modern Physics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 8th May 1997
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 16.43  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.48

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