The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology

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From time immemorial, poets and philosophers have looked in awe and wonder at the Universe. Such awe is shared by astrophysicists, too, as they seek to understand its nature, and whether it has any limits. In The Infinite Cosmos, Joseph Silk, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, cosmologist and well-known science writer, brings together the modern understanding of the Universe, its structure, its evolution, and its possible fate, combining the latest from theory andobservation. The narrative is peppered with quotations from literature and philosophy, and reflects, too, on the process of scientific discovery, and the implications of our discoveries.
 

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To write competently on cosmology, it is not enough to be a good astronomer. Your knowledge of particle physics also has to be up to snuff. Since writing _On the Shores of the Unknown_, Silk still ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Perspectives
3
3 Principles
7
4 Our neighbourhood
20
5 The universe of galaxies
29
6 The invisible cosmos
46
7 Supermassive black holes and galaxy formation
56
8 Clusters and clustering
65
12 Origins
104
13 The seeds of structure
135
14 Beyond the beginning
170
15 Towards the infinite universe
180
16 From time to time machines
194
17 A brief moment in time
206
18 Into the infinite future
210
19 And so to God
218

9 Space is nearly flat
76
10 Dark energy and the runaway universe
86
11 The panacea of cold dark matter
94
20 Where next?
226
INDEX
233
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Joseph Silk is Savilian Professor of Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. He is an experienced and successful author of books on cosmology for the general reader: his published titles include The Big Bang (W. H. Freeman) and The Left Hand of Creation (with J. D. Barrow, published by Oxford University Press).

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