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2. Einstein and all that

2. Einstein and all that  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776687
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.003.0002
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Physicists are fascinated with gravity, they don't take it for granted. An understanding of gravity is essential to an understanding of the Universe as a whole. ‘Einstein and all that’ ... More
3. First principles

3. First principles  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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The general theory of relativity came out in 1915 and, almost immediately Einstein sought to explain the large-scale behaviour of the entire cosmos. ‘First principles’ discusses the role ... More
8. A theory of everything?

8. A theory of everything?  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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The second major revolution in theoretical physics (after the theory of relativity) was the birth of quantum mechanics. We understand a lot about relativity, and by contrast we understand ... More
1. A brief history

1. A brief history  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Cosmology may be a relatively new science, but it asks some of the most ancient questions: is the universe infinite? How long has it been around? Will it ever end? ‘A brief history’ charts ... More
6. What's the matter with the Universe?

6. What's the matter with the Universe?  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Is the Universe infinite or does it have a limit? Will the Big bang end in a Big Crunch? Can we describe space as curved? How much matter is there? What does it look like? ‘What's the ... More
5. The expanding universe

5. The expanding universe  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2008
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9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.003.0006
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‘The expanding universe’ investigates the expansion of the Universe. Hubble's redshift-distance relationship had already been explained by Einstein's general relativity. General relativity ... More
6. The material world

6. The material world  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The material world’ explores the nature of matter. The amount of matter in the universe can be estimated by the overall curve of spacetime (Ω). Baryonic matter is actually only a tiny ... More
4. The expanding Universe

4. The expanding Universe  

Peter Coles

in Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.003.0004
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Can we calculate the age of the Universe? Can we work out when it will end? ȘThe expanding Universe’ looks at how improved observational facilities allowed astronomers to begin making ... More
Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction

Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Coles

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Aug 2001
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9780191776687
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.001.0001
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Cosmology: A Very Short Introductionexplains what cosmology is and what cosmologists do, looks at the history of the subject, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more ... More
7. The origin of galaxies

7. The origin of galaxies  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2008
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‘The origin of galaxies’ explains the formation of galaxies. Galaxies exist along densely populated filaments with gaps in between. ΛCDM simulations show that this is only possible with the ... More
8. The fate of galaxies

8. The fate of galaxies  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The fate of galaxies’ speculates on the ultimate fate of the Universe. There are three possible scenarios for the end of the Universe: steady acceleration, increased acceleration, or ... More
The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Hoskin

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775727
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.001.0001
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The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction traces the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century ... More
2. The Sun’s life-cycle

2. The Sun’s life-cycle  

Philip Judge

in The Sun: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
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9780191871269
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10.1093/actrade/9780198832690.003.0002
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‘The Sun’s life-cycle’ describes the birth of the Sun out of the debris of stars which exploded early in the life of the Milky Way. When stars form, they employ a disc structure, with ... More
2. Stepping stones to the Universe

2. Stepping stones to the Universe  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Stepping stones to the Universe’ outlines the work of Edwin Hubble. Hubble was convinced that spiral nebulae were separate galaxies, and used the advances in telescopy and photography ... More
6. Exploring the universe of stars

6. Exploring the universe of stars  

Michael Hoskin

in The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.003.0006
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After Newton the attention of astronomers turned to the distant stars. ‘Exploring the Universe of Stars’ looks at the challenges that faced astronomers in the eighteenth- and ... More
Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction  

John Gribbin

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Mar 2008
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Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction explores the building blocks of the Universe. Standing like islands in space, each is made up of many hundreds of millions of stars in which ... More
Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction  

Katherine Blundell

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191781612
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.001.0001
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9780199602667
Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole ... More
7. Measuring the Universe

7. Measuring the Universe  

Andrew King

in Stars: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778155
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602926.003.0007
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9780199602926
The laws of physics give us a good understanding of how stars evolve. We understand very well the chemistry that makes up life, how stars live and die, and how to find black holes. However, ... More

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