The Scientific American Book of Astronomy

The Scientific American Book of Astronomy

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Space has and confounded human beings since our earliest ancestors captivated first gazed upward toward the starry heavens. From the seventeenth century, when Galileo viewed the moon through his newly invented telescope, to the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope just a few years ago, mankind has pursued the quest to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Indeed, the quest itself seems infinite, as is made abundantly clear by the breadth of scientific theory and research contained within these pages.

Now, for the first time in book form, "The Scientific American Book of Astronomy" compiles over thirty articles culled from the magazine, written by some of the biggest names presently working in the field. Included here is Leonard Susskind on "Black Holes and the Information Paradox, " Kenneth R. Lang on newly discovered "Secrets of the Sun, " and David H. Levy and Eugene Shoemaker on the heart-stopping 1995 collision between Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter. Read about the newest theory of the self-reproducing universe. Learn how a meteorite found in Antarctica offers strong evidence of life on Mars. Divided into categories including "The Universe, " "Galaxies, " and "Planets, " among others, these articles present cutting-edge technology, as well as the history of discoveries that have shaped our understanding of space. With black-and-white illustrations and a color section, this book will take readers to new heights of knowledge and imagination.

Publisher: New York : Lyons Press, c1999
ISBN: 9781558219663
Branch Call Number: 520/SCI 4565nf 1
Alternative Title: Subtitle on cover: Best writing on black holes, extraterrestrial life, galactic explosions, gamma-ray bursters, and much more
Book of astronomy
Scientific American
Gamma-ray Bursters / Bradley E. Schaefer
Cosmic rays at the energy frontier / James W. Cronin,Thomas K. Gaisser, and Simon P. Swordy
Gamma-ray bursts / Gerald J. Fishman and Dieter H. Hartmann
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 meets Jupiter / David H. Levy, Eugene M. Shoemaker, and Carolyn S. Shoemaker
Collisions with comets and asteroids / Tom Gehrels
The Kuiper Belt / Jane X. Luu and David C. Jewitt
The Oort Cloud / Paul R. Weissman
The pioneer mission to Venus / Janet G. Luhmann, James B. Pollack, and Lawrence Colin
The case for relic life on Mars / Everett K. Gibson, David S. McKay, Kathie Thomas-Keprta, and Christopher S. Romanek
Global climatic change on Mars / Jeffrey S. Kargel and Robert G. Strom
Searching for life in our solar system / Bruce M. Jakosky
Worlds around other stars / David C. Black
Collapse and formation of stars / Alan P. Boss
Binary neutron stars / Tsvi Piran
SOHO reveals the secrets of the sun / Kenneth R. Lang
Accetion disks in interacting binary stars / John K. Cannizzo and Ronald H. Kaitchuck
How the Milky Way formed / Sidney Van Den Bergh and James E. Hesser
The evolution of galaxy clusters / J. Patrick Henry, Ulrich G. Briel, and Hans Böhringer
Colossal galactic explosions / Sylvain Veilleux, Gerald Cecil, and Jonathan Bland-Hawthorn
Dark matter in spiral galaxies / Vera Rubin
A new look at quasars / Michael Disney
Galaxies in the young universe / F. Duccio Macchetto and Mark Dickinson
The evolution of the universe / P. James E. Peebles, David N. Schramm, Edwin L. Turner, and Richard G. Kron
Primordial Deuterium and the Big Bang / Craig J. Hogan
Dark matter in the universe / Vera Rubin
The inflationary universe / Alan H. Guth and Paul J. Steinhardt
The self-reproducing inflationary universe / Andrei Linde
Black Holes and the information paradox / Leonard Susskind
The expansion rate and size of the universe / Wendy L. Freedman
Early results from the Hubble Space Telescope / Eric J. Chaisson
The international space station / Tim Beardsley
Six months on Mir / Shannon W. Lucid


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