Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by Neil Degrasse TysonWelcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour

byNeil Degrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott

Hardcover | September 29, 2016

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Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all-from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. How do stars live and die? Why did Pluto lose its planetary status? What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? How did the universe begin? Why is it expanding and why is its expansion accelerating? Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse? Answering these and many other questions, the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.

Breathtaking in scope and stunningly illustrated throughout, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world-class astrophysicists can provide.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of many books, including Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, and the host of the Emmy Award-winning documentary Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Michael A. Strauss is professor of astrophysics at Princeton Univ...
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Title:Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical TourFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pagesPublished:September 29, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface 11

Part I Stars, Planets, and Life 15

1 The Size and Scale of the Universe 17

Neil deGrasse Tyson

2 From the Day and Night Sk y to Planetary Orbits 26

Neil deGrasse Tyson

3 Newton's Laws 42

Michael A. Strauss

4 How Stars Radiate Energy (I) 54

Neil deGrasse Tyson

5 How Stars Radiate Energy (II ) 71

Neil deGrasse Tyson

6 Stellar Spectra 81

Neil deGrasse Tyson

7 The Lives and Deaths of Stars (I) 93

Neil deGrasse Tyson

8 The Lives and Deaths of Stars (II ) 111

Michael A. Strauss

9 Why Pluto Is Not a Planet 126

Neil deGrasse Tyson

10 The Search for Life in the Galaxy 146

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Part II Galaxies 171

11 The Interstellar Medium 173

Michael A. Strauss

12 Our Milk y Way 183

Michael A. Strauss

13 The Universe of Galaxies 197

Michael A. Strauss

14 The Expansion of the Universe 207

Michael A. Strauss

15 The Early Universe 222

Michael A. Strauss

16 Quasars and Supermassive Black Holes 241

Michael A. Strauss

Part III Einstein and the Universe 255

17 Einstein's Road to Relativity 257

J. Richard Gott

18 Implications of Special Relativity 270

J. Richard Gott

19 Einstein's General Theory of Relativity 289

J. Richard Gott

20 Black Holes 300

J. Richard Gott

21 Cosmic Strings, Wormholes, and Time Travel 321

J. Richard Gott

22 The Shape of the Universe and the Big Bang 347

J. Richard Gott

23 Inflation and Recent Developments in Cosmology 374

J. Richard Gott

24 Our Future in the Universe 400

J. Richard Gott

Acknowledgments 425

Appendix 1 Derivation of E = mc 2 427

Appendix 2 Bekenstein, Entropy of Black Holes, and Information 431

Notes 433

Suggested Reading 439

Index 441

Editorial Reviews

"As an astronomer, I admire the clever and artful way so much frontier cosmology is covered in this book. I enjoyed reading it immensely."-Chris Impey, coauthor of Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration