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Visions of the Future: Astronomy and Earth Science

Visions of the Future: Astronomy and Earth Science

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J. M. T. Thompson, Joao Magueijo, Kim Baskerville, Juan Garcia-Bellido, Ben Moore, Malcolm Gray, Andrew J. Coates, Sarah K. Dunkin, David J. Heather, Lidunka Vocadlo, David Dobson, Lidia Lonergan, Nicky White, N. Robb McDonald, Mark A. Saunders
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  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521805377

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  • What does the future of science hold? Who is making the discoveries that will help shape this future? What areas of research show the greatest promise? Find definitive and insightful answers to such questions as these in the three volumes of Visions of the Future: Astronomy and Earth Science, Chemistry and Life Science, and Physics and Electronics. Representing a careful selection of authoritative articles published in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions--the world's longest-running scientific journal--the chapters explore such themes as: The Big Bang Humankind's exploration of the solar system The deep interior of the Earth Global warming and climate change Atoms and molecules in motion New materials and processes Nature's secrets of biological growth and form Understanding the human body and mind Quantum physics and its relationship to relativity theory and human consciousness Exotic quantum computing and data storage Telecommunications and the Internet Written by leading young scientists, the timely contributions convey the excitement and enthusiasm that they have for their research and a preview of future research directions. J.M.T. Thompson is Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics and Director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at University College London. Professor Thompson has published widely on instabilities, bifurcations, catastrophe theory and chaos. He was a Senior SERC Fellow, served on the IMA Council, and, in 1985, was awarded the Ewing Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Currently, he is the Editor of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions (Series A) which is the world's longest running scientific journal.

    • Carefully selected review coverage of astronomy and earth science topics
    • Written by leading young scientists, in an engaging and enthusiastic style
    • Derived from the special Millennium issue of the world's oldest journal
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book coveys the excitement and enthusiasm of the young authors for their work in Astronomy and Earth Science.' Europe & Astronomy

    '… you can't deny the excitement the writers felt for what they are doing; and in these secular times such excitement must serve to replace the fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom.' Sir Brian Pippard, The Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… for those readers who like to get their teeth into something meaty this could be a good investment.' Alan Longstaff, Astronomy Now

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521805377
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.432kg
    • contains: 85 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface J. M. T. Thompson
    Part I. Creation and History of the Universe:
    1. Big Bang riddles and their revelations Joao Magueijo and Kim Baskerville
    2. The origin of structure in the universe Jaun Garcia-Bellido
    3. The dark side of the universe Ben Moore
    Part II. Exploring the Stars and Planets:
    4. The hottest spots in space? Malcolm Gray
    5. Our solar system and beyond in the new millennium Andrew J. Coates
    6. Unveiling the face of the Moon Sarah K. Dunkin and David J. Heather
    Part III. Understanding Planet Earth:
    7. The Earth's deep interior Lidunka Vocadlo and David Dobson
    8. Three-dimensional imaging of a dynamic Earth Lidia Lonergan and Nicky White
    Part IV. Global Warming and Climate Change:
    9. Geophysical and astrophysical vortices N. Robb McDonald
    10. Earth's future climate Mark A. Saunders.

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    J. M. T. Thompson, University College London


    J. M. T. Thompson, Joao Magueijo, Kim Baskerville, Juan Garcia-Bellido, Ben Moore, Malcolm Gray, Andrew J. Coates, Sarah K. Dunkin, David J. Heather, Lidunka Vocadlo, David Dobson, Lidia Lonergan, Nicky White, N. Robb McDonald, Mark A. Saunders

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