Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe
In the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and lucid exploration of cosmology available today, MIT astrophysicist and science writer Alan Lightman takes the reader on a grand tour of the universe. In this slim volume he explores the history of cosmology, the theories and the evidence, the new discoveries, the outstanding questions, and the controversies.
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ONE Cosmic Questions
THREE The Birth of Modern Cosmology
FOUR The Big Bang Model
SEVEN LargeScale Structure and Dark Matter
EIGHT Instruments and Technology
Inflationary Universe Model
ELEVEN The Anthropic Principle
TWELVE At Home 725
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anthropic principle assumption atoms baryons big bang model BIRTH OF MODERN calculations called Cepheid stars closed universe clusters of galaxies cold dark matter cosmic background radiation cosmic mass cosmological model cosmologists cosmos courtesy density of matter Dicke distance earth Einstein electron emitted entropy expanding universe flat universe flatness problem Friedmann fundamental constants Geller geometry Georges Lemaitre GLOSSARY grand unified theories Hawking helium homogeneity horizon Hoyle Hubble constant Hubble's Huchra infant universe inflationary universe inflationary universe model inhomogeneities initial conditions James Peebles Jeremiah Ostriker LARGE-SCALE STRUCTURE Lemaitre luminosity Margaret Geller measure Milky MODERN COSMOLOGY nebulae neutrons nuclear force Observatory open universe orbit oscillating universe PARTICLE PHYSICS peculiar velocities Physical Review physical system physicists Princeton proton quantum mechanics quasars radio waves rate of expansion ratio recessional speed redshift survey relativity Roger Penrose scientists steady state model STRUCTURE AND DARK subatomic particles telescope temperature theoretical theory of gravity value of omega wavelengths