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On the cosmic horizon : ten great mysteries for third millennium astronomy
Bennett, Jeffrey O.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Addison Wesley Longman, [2001]

Physical Description:
viii, 209 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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QB43.2 .B45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"On the Cosmic Horizon reaches wide across the cosmos to provide lucid explanations for many of the most compelling cosmic questions. Following a Top Ten countdown, the book explores with wit and clarity each mystery and how it may be resolved. Each enigma is made accessible through a story which draws upon history and everyday human experience. Along the way, we learn about our state-of-the-art understanding of the universe, future missions, and the potential impact of unravelling these cosmic conundrums. On the Cosmic Horizon is the perfect book for anyone who wants to understand astronomical headlines and why they are important."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Jeffrey Bennett holds a Ph.D in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado. He is currently co-leader of a project to build a dramatic scale model of the Solar System near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (together with the Smithsonian Institution, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and NASA)

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Astrophysicist Bennett (Univ. of Colorado) teaches about astronomy by considering ten unanswered and debated questions: Is there life elsewhere in the solar system? Where are the sun's neutrinos? What does the universe look like? How do galaxies evolve? Are Earth-like planets common? What makes gamma-ray bursts? Did the universe have a bout of inflation? What is the fate of the universe? What is the universe made of? Are we alone? This very well written book is accessible to readers with no background in science. The author does a particularly good job of providing the necessary background without becoming too technical. At the same time the significance and controversy surrounding the "big questions" are made clear. It is impressive how this book not only teaches astronomy but also dispels the impression some nonscientists have that science has all the answers. Through the discussions readers see that science can be messy and that there are serious debates about theoret ical and experimental results. Also, the material is not just laid out but is presented in a way that keeps readers' interest and encourages speculation. Though this book is written for nonscientists, it will interest anyone who would like a good synopsis of major questions facing modern astronomy. General readers. E. Kincanon Gonzaga University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: The Mysteries Aheadp. 1
Mystery 10 Is There Life Elsewhere in Our Solar System?p. 9
Mystery 9 Where Are the Sun's Neutrinos?p. 23
Mystery 8 What Does the Universe Look Like?p. 37
Mystery 7 How Do Galaxies Evolve?p. 59
Mystery 6 Are Earth-like Planets Common?p. 79
Mystery 5 What Makes Gamma-Ray Bursts?p. 99
Mystery 4 Did the Universe Have a Bout of Inflation?p. 115
Mystery 3 What Is the Fate of the Universe?p. 135
Mystery 2 What Is the Universe Made of?p. 153
Mystery 1 Are We Alone?p. 169
Epiloguep. 181
Glossaryp. 185
Appendix Watching the Mysteries Unfoldp. 191
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
Creditsp. 199
Indexp. 201