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The Unsolved Universe: Challenges for the Future : JENAM 2002 - Mario Monteiro

The Unsolved Universe: Challenges for the Future

JENAM 2002

By: Mario Monteiro (Editor)

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Published: 31st December 2003
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The reviews and highlights included in this book of proceedings of the plenary sessions, of the Joint European and National Astronomical Meeting (2002), cover some of the major fields and projects which will determine the research in astronomy in the next decades. The highlights have been presented by young astronomers from several European countries, selected from a list of proposals submitted by different institutions across Europe. The book reflects the multi-disciplinarity and interaction that took place in the meeting. By including reviews on space and ground-based observational programmes, the scientific topics are associated with the new observational efforts in instrumentation. These projects, under development, are expected to drive the research in the coming decades. With such a wide and interdisciplinary coverage this book provides a comprehensive review on the present status and expectations for some of the major fields in astrophysics.

Whereas many published meeting proceedings are quite limited in relevance (they are rapidly superseded) and in audience (appealing only to specialists), I suspect this little book will appeal to a wider readership, for longer than most. It will stand as an historical record of what researchers considered important in this era. Perhaps in hindsight, future researchers will find the omission of solar-system topics from the list as astonishing, considering the future of humankind may well hinge on our ability to exploit or deflect near-Earth asteroids. Perhaps they will be shocked that the effects of solar activity on the Earth's climate were not worthy of examination. Perhaps they will laugh at our blindness to non-stellar baryons in the Universe. Write down your own list of unsolved astronomical problems, and compare it with those in this book a decade hence! The comparison can only prove enlightening.
(G.C.L. Aikman, The Observatory (124/1183/2004)

Foreword
Committees and Sponsors
List of Participants
Stars and Planets
Asteroseismology and Planet Finding: The Ultra High Precision Photometry European Road Mapp. 1
Extra-Solar Planets: Clues to the Planetary Formation Mechanismsp. 15
Continuum Excess Emission in Young Low Mass Starsp. 25
Galaxies
The Formation and Evolution of Field Massive Galaxiesp. 31
A "Clear" View of the Nucleus: the Megamaser Perspectivep. 49
Low Luminosity BL Lacsp. 59
Cosmology
Cosmic Structures, Parameters & Temperature Anisotropies: Status and Perspectivesp. 69
Probing Dark Energy with Supernova Searchesp. 87
Cosmological Constraints from Chandra X-ray Observations of Galaxy Clustersp. 99
Cosmological Parameter Estimation with the Galaxy Cluster Abundancep. 109
Challenges for the Future
The VLTI: Challenges for the Futurep. 119
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781402016738
ISBN-10: 1402016735
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 131
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.9