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Epilogue

Epilogue  

Michael Hoskin

in The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775727
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.003.0007
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9780192803061
In this ‘Epilogue’ the attempts of observers and theoreticians to understand the visible heavenly bodies is seen to give way to a new type of astronomy that combines physics and chemistry. ... More
4. Windows in the sky

4. Windows in the sky  

Geoff Cottrell

in Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780191808234
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745860.003.0004
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9780198745860
The atmosphere influences much of what can be seen through a telescope. Most of the atmosphere lies within 16 km from the Earth’s surface. Further out, the air becomes thinner until it ... More
8. Black holes and spin-offs

8. Black holes and spin-offs  

Katherine Blundell

in Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191781612
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.003.0008
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9780199602667
Black holes influence and interact with their surroundings. Plasma lobes exhibited by some active galaxies are created by jets that are squirted out from the immediate surroundings of a ... More
4. Interlude: galactic mediocrity

4. Interlude: galactic mediocrity  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.003.0005
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9780199234349
‘Interlude: Galactic mediocrity’ outlines why the lack of unusual features in the Milky Way is important. The Scientific Revolution can be said to have begun when Copernicus postulated his ... More
7. Exoplanets

7. Exoplanets  

David A. Rothery

in Planets: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777622
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10.1093/actrade/9780199573509.003.0008
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9780199573509
Planets are common around Sun-like stars. ‘Exoplanets’ examines this type of planet. The first discovery of an exoplanet was made in 1995, and hundreds of exoplanets are now known to exist. ... More
8. Space telescopes

8. Space telescopes  

Geoff Cottrell

in Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780191808234
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745860.003.0008
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The last seven decades have seen telescopes launched into space, vastly enhancing the crispness of the images they produce and expanding the range of observable wavelengths to include UV, ... 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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Mar 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.003.0003
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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
7. Galaxies

7. Galaxies  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0007
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‘Galaxies’ describes galaxy morphology, the chemical evolution of galaxies, and stellar dynamics. A galaxy consists of a huge number of point masses—stars and dark matter—that move freely ... More
4. The moons of giant planets

4. The moons of giant planets  

David A. Rothery

in Moons: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191799495
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10.1093/actrade/9780198735274.003.0004
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9780198735274
The giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune each have an extensive entourage of moons: small inner moonlets, closest to the planets, mostly less than a few tens of kilometres in ... 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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Sep 2013
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9780191776687
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.003.0004
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9780192854162
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
7. Cosmic structures

7. Cosmic structures  

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/9780192854162.003.0007
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Galaxies may be the building blocks of the Universe, they are not the largest structures we can see. They are not generally isolated, they like to group together. The phrase which is used ... 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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Sep 2013
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9780191776687
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854162.003.0001
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9780192854162
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
9. The next telescopes

9. The next telescopes  

Geoff Cottrell

in Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780191808234
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745860.003.0009
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9780198745860
Each question that telescopes have helped answer has led to new questions: what is dark matter and dark energy? How did the first galaxies form? Are there habitable, Earth-like exoplanets? ... More
Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction  

John Gribbin

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.001.0001
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9780199234349
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
3. Our island

3. Our island  

John Gribbin

in Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777103
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10.1093/actrade/9780199234349.003.0004
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‘Our island’ examines the Milky Way. Many new technologies have increased our understanding of our home galaxy. Most notably, we now know that stars make up only a small part of the Milky ... More
Planets: A Very Short Introduction

Planets: A Very Short Introduction  

David A. Rothery

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777622
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10.1093/actrade/9780199573509.001.0001
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9780199573509
Planets: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates the excitement, uncertainties, and challenges faced by planetary scientists, and provides an overview of our Solar System and ... More
2. Light rays

2. Light rays  

Ian Walmsley

in Light: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782442
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682690.003.0002
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9780199682690
‘Light rays’ explores the idea that light is something that propagates in a straight line from the object to the viewer. Alhazen, in the 9th century, modified the understanding of light ... More
1. The discovery and significance of moons

1. The discovery and significance of moons  

David A. Rothery

in Moons: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191799495
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10.1093/actrade/9780198735274.003.0001
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9780198735274
‘The discovery and significance of moons’ begins with the long-established Earth-centred (geocentric) view of the cosmos that was eventually replaced by Nicolaus Copernicus’ heliocentric ... More
1. It all began with the Greeks

1. It all began with the Greeks  

Sidney Perkowitz

in Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
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9780191851667
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813941.003.0001
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9780198813941
From consumer devices to research at the edge of the unknown, physics is woven into our daily activities, our civilization, and our highest aspirations. It is a foundational science that is ... More
2. What physics covers and what it doesn’t

2. What physics covers and what it doesn’t  

Sidney Perkowitz

in Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
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9780191851667
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813941.003.0002
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9780198813941
Physics can be defined as the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them. This is concise and seemingly clear, but physics is a sprawling and dynamic science and this basic ... More

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