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6. A mirror held up to nature

6. A mirror held up to nature  

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/9780198745860.003.0006
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9780198745860
‘A mirror held up to nature’ looks at some of today’s remarkable optical and infrared large telescopes, highlighting the technologies that made them possible and the science results that ... 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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Sep 2013
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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
Matter: A Very Short Introduction

Matter: A Very Short Introduction  

Geoff Cottrell

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Mar 2019
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Mar 2019
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9780191844133
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10.1093/actrade/9780198806547.001.0001
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Matter: A Very Short Introduction explains matter—the stuff of which your body and the universe is made—from elementary particles, to atoms, humans, planets, up to the ... More
6. Future physics: unanswered questions

6. Future physics: unanswered questions  

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/9780198813941.003.0006
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9780198813941
Today, physics can look back at recent breakthroughs at all scales, small to large, and in all its usages, pure to applied, such as the discovery of the predicted Higgs boson and the ... More
General relativity

General relativity  

Russell Stannard

in Relativity: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777134
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10.1093/actrade/9780199236220.003.0002
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9780199236220
‘General relativity’ explains Einstein's general theory of relativity, which incorporates gravity and acceleration into special relativity. Galileo discovered the universality of freefall, ... 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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9780198745860
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
9. Dark matter and dark energy

9. Dark matter and dark energy  

Geoff Cottrell

in Matter: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2019
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Mar 2019
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9780191844133
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10.1093/actrade/9780198806547.003.0009
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9780198806547
‘Dark matter and dark energy’ reveals that the familiar everyday matter that we experience around us—the atoms and molecules—constitutes only 5% of all the matter that is ‘out there’ in the ... More
Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

Gravity: A Very Short Introduction  

Timothy Clifton

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191795862
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729143.001.0001
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9780198729143
Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature and is essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysical bodies within it. Yet it ... More
8. The big picture

8. The big picture  

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/9780198752851.003.0008
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9780198752851
By far the biggest contribution of general relativity to astrophysics was to make it possible to discuss the geometry and dynamics of the entire universe—it made cosmology a branch of ... 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
8. The fate of galaxies

8. The fate of galaxies  

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/9780199234349.003.0009
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9780199234349
‘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
8. Gravitational waves

8. Gravitational waves  

Mike Goldsmith

in Waves: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780191842092
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10.1093/actrade/9780198803782.003.0008
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9780198803782
In 1916, Einstein published his theory of general relativity, which incorporated fundamentally new ideas about the nature of gravity, including that gravitational effects take time to ... More
5. Cosmology

5. Cosmology  

Timothy Clifton

in Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191795862
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729143.003.0005
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9780198729143
Cosmology began as a scientific discipline at the beginning of the 20th century, with the work of Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble. Gravitational interaction is fundamental to cosmology, as ... 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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9780192854162
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
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
eISBN: 
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

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