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Modern Cosmology : Cambridge Science Classics - D. W. Sciama

Modern Cosmology

Cambridge Science Classics

Paperback Published: 8th March 1982
ISBN: 9780521287210
Number Of Pages: 246

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The exploration of the Universe, as conducted by physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists was one of the greatest intellectual adventures of the mid-twentieth century. This book, first published in 1971, tells the story of their achievements and the insight gained into the structure, history, working and scale of our Universe. Dr Sciama describes the major components of the Universe as understood at the beginning of the 1970s: the stars, galaxies, radio-galaxies and quasi-stellar objects. He discusses in detail the red shift of the lines in their optical spectra, which leads to the idea that the Universe is expanding. Theoretical discussion of the expanding Universe suggests the possibility that intergalactic space may contain a significant quantity of matter and be the seat of important physical activity. The issues involved are thoroughly debated. Also discussed is the discover and significance of the 3'K' cosmic microwave radiation, its relation to the hot big bang and the helium problem, to cosmic high energy processes and to questions of isotropy.

the physics of the stars
The Milky Way
External galaxies and the expansion of the Universe
Radio galaxies
Quasi-stellar objects
The radio source counts
The distribution of quasi-stellar objects
Models of the Universe
The search for intergalactic atomic hydrogen
The search for intergalactic ionised hydrogen
The helium problem
The hot big bang
Helium formation in the hot big bang
The detection of cosmic microwave radiation
Astrophysical effects of the cosmic microwave radiation
The isotropy of the cosmic microwave radiation
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ISBN: 9780521287210
ISBN-10: 0521287219
Series: Cambridge Science Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 8th March 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32

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