The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the frontiers of cosmology

Paperback | March 15, 2008

byJoseph Silk

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In The Infinite Cosmos Joseph Silk takes the reader on a tour of the universe, past, present, and future, showing how the very latest observations and theories are unlocking clues about its origin and structure: X-ray, radio, and high-energy views of space are revealing fossil radiation leftover from the big bang and providing us with unprecedented views of the most distant reaches of the universe. Theories from the frontiers of current research seek to explain its structure from the first moments to the present day, and we are beginning to understand its extraordinary nature andpossible fate. This is a story involving the visible and the invisible; subatomic particles and unusual forces; long ages of darkness and spectacular and violent events. It tells of supernovae, dark matter, dark energy, curved spacetime, colliding galaxies, and supermassive black holes. Weaving the ideas of poetsand writers as well as scientists into the story, from Kant and Keats to Einstein and Lemaitre, Silk explains our present state of knowledge, and how much more there is to understand about our infinite cosmos.

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In The Infinite Cosmos Joseph Silk takes the reader on a tour of the universe, past, present, and future, showing how the very latest observations and theories are unlocking clues about its origin and structure: X-ray, radio, and high-energy views of space are revealing fossil radiation leftover from the big bang and providing us with...

Joseph Silk is Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford. He has published a number of books on cosmology for the general reader, including iThe Big Bang/i (W. H. Freeman), iThe Left Hand of Creation/i (with J. D. Barrow, published by Oxford University Press), and iOn the Shores of the Unknown/i (Cambridge University...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.66 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953361X

ISBN - 13:9780199533619

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Perspectives3. Principles4. Our neighbourhood5. The universe of galaxies6. The invisible cosmos7. Supermassive black holes and the birth of galaxies8. Clusters and clustering9. Space is nearly flat10. Dark energy and the runaway universe11. The panacea of cold dark matter12. Origins13. The seeds of structure14. Beyond the beginning15. Towards the infinite universe16. From time to time machines17. A brief moment in time18. Into the infinite future19. And so to God20. Where next?Index

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`This is an outstanding work, suited to readers of all ages and all backgrounds, and is recommended without the slightest hesitation.'Patrick Moore, THES