Advances in Astronomy: From the Big Bang to the Solar System

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J. M. T. Thompson, Royal Society (Great Britain)
Imperial College Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Science - 417 pages
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This book outlines the advances currently being made by world-wide researchers in the field of Astronomy. Areas covered include: cosmology and the big bang; the formation and evolution of the stars and galaxies; cold dark matter; gamma-ray bursts; latest WMAP results; man's exploration of the solar system; explosive sun-spot events, and their influence on the earth's climate; telescopes. Leading scientists from around the world, give a general overview of research advances in their subject area. They also describe some of their own cutting-edge research and give their visions of the future. Re-written in a popular and well illustrated style, the articles are mainly derived from scholarly and authoritative papers published in special Issues of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions (used by Newton, this is the world's longest running scientific journal). Carefully selected by the Journal's Editor, Professor J M T Thompson FRS, topics include the big bang creation of the universe and man's exploration of the solar system. The book conveys the excitement and enthusiasm of the authors for their work at the frontiers of Astronomy. All are definite reviews for people with a general interest in the future directions of science. The book includes a Foreword by John Barrow. Readership: Research scientists, academics, graduates and post-graduates, scientifically minded school children and general readers.

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