Dispatches from Planet 3 : Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond


Dispatches from Planet 3 : Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 304 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780300235746
  • DDC分類 520.9

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An award-winning science writer presents a captivating collection of cosmological essays for the armchair astronomerThe galaxy, the multiverse, and the history of astronomy are explored in this engaging compilation of cosmological tales by multiple-award-winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak. In thirty-two concise and engrossing essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries.Bartusiak shares the back stories for many momentous astronomical discoveries, including the contributions of such pioneers as Beatrice Tinsley, with her groundbreaking research in galactic evolution, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the scientist who first discovered radio pulsars. An endlessly fascinating collection that you can dip into in any order, these pieces will transport you to ancient Mars, when water flowed freely across its surface; to the collision of two black holes, a cosmological event that released fifty times more energy than was radiating from every star in the universe; and to the beginning of time itself.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            xi
One Earth Is but a Speck 1 (8)
Celestial Neighborhood 7 (2)
Two Bedazzled by a Comet 9 (5)
Three To Be ... or Not to Be a Planet 14 (8)
Four The Watery Allure of Mars 22 (7)
Five Rings, Rings, Rings 29 (6)
Six The Baffling White Dwarf Star 35 (7)
Seven The Star No Bigger Than a City 42 (8)
Eight Ye Old Black Hole 50 (8)
Nine As Though No Other Name Ever Existed 58 (7)
Ten Like This World of Ours 65 (10)
Realm of the Galaxies 73 (2)
Eleven Our Spiraling Home 75 (7)
Twelve The Woman Who Chased Galaxies 82 (7)
Thirteen Stuff of the Heavens 89 (7)
Fourteen Recipe for the Stars 96 (14)
Fifteen Find a Way Around It 110(5)
Sixteen Dark Matters 115(7)
Seventeen Cosmic Funhouse 122(7)
Eighteen Rivers of Galaxies 129(6)
Nineteen The Big Dipper Is Crying 135(7)
Twenty Einstein's Symphony 142(8)
Twenty-One Underground Astronomy 150(6)
Twenty-Two Eavesdropping on the Universe 156(7)
Twenty-Three The Once and Future Quasar 163(8)
To the Big Bang and Beyond 169(2)
Twenty-Four Finding a Cosmic Yardstick 171(7)
Twenty-Five The Cosmologist Left Behind 178(12)
Twenty-Six The Primeval Atom 190(7)
Twenty-Seven Proving the Big Bang 197(7)
Twenty-Eight It's Now Einstein's Universe 204(10)
Twenty-Nine The Big Burp 214(6)
Thirty The Great Escape 220(5)
Thirty-One Meet the Multiverse 225(8)
Thirty-Two When the Universe Began, What 233(20)
Time Was It?
Notes 253(22)
Bibliography 275(20)
Acknowledgments 295(2)
Index 297