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Measuring the Universe : The Cosmological Distance Ladder - Stephen Webb

Measuring the Universe

The Cosmological Distance Ladder

Paperback Published: 18th March 1999
ISBN: 9781852331061
Number Of Pages: 342

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Distance determination - finding out how far away different astronomical objects are - is an essential and currently highly topical subject in astronomy. A great deal of progress has been made during the last part of the 20th century. Measuring the Universe provides a unified treatment of the various techniques used for distance determination. It begins by describing methods to measure distances on Earth then gradually climbs the "distance ladder" to enable us to estimate the distance to the farthest objects, ending with a discussion of particle horizons within an expanding and inflationary universe. Aimed at first-year undergraduates of astronomy and astrophysics, the book emphasises general physical principles rather than mathematical detail. The text is enhanced and complemented by the use of many worked examples, and questions and problem solving exercises at the end of each chapter.

Author's preface
Introductionp. 1
First step: the Earthp. 13
Second step: the solar systemp. 25
Third step: nearby starsp. 57
Mezzanine: the nature of starsp. 87
Fourth step: more distant starsp. 111
Fifth step: the Galaxyp. 131
Sixth step: the Local Groupp. 163
Seventh step: more distant galaxiesp. 195
Mezzanine: cosmic expansionp. 239
Eighth step: the universep. 279
The names of astronomical objectsp. 325
App. B: Journal abbreviationsp. 330
Name indexp. 331
Object indexp. 334
Subject indexp. 336
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ISBN: 9781852331061
ISBN-10: 1852331062
Series: Springer-Praxis Books in Space Exploration
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 18th March 1999
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.76  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.74

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