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The Science of the Universe

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521661485

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  • Cosmology: The Science of the Universe is a broad introduction to the science of modern cosmology, with emphasis on its historical origins. The first edition of this best-selling book received worldwide acclaim for its lucid style and wide-ranging exploration of the universe. This eagerly awaited second edition updates and greatly extends the first with seven new chapters that explore early scientific cosmology, Cartesian and Newtonian world systems, cosmology after Newton and before Einstein, special relativity, observational cosmology, inflation and creation of the universe. All chapters conclude with a section entitled Reflections containing provocative topics that will foster lively debate. The new Projects section, also at the end of each chapter, raises questions and issues to challenge the reader.

    • All chapters competely revised and updated (7 new chapters, 73 new figures, includes questions and topics for debate)
    • Unlike other texts, in addition to the science, this book stresses the historical, philosophical, sociological and theological aspects of the quest for human understanding of the universe
    • 1st edition sold in excess of 12300 copies worldwide since 1981 and received excellent reviews
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Unusual, discursive, nonmathematical, full of reflective comments and disturbing questions, packed with unexpected citations....A beginning serious interest in cosmology can find no better satisfaction than in this helpful overview...this book may well blow your mind." Scientific American

    "This very well written book belongs on the shelf of all physicists and in all libraries." Choice

    "Harrison's text owes its appeal to its literate presentation of a wide variety of cosmological topics, from the creation myths of ancient Babylon to the relativistic models of Alexander much of Harrison's book is timeless, and so much of it is unique, that it deserves to stay in print for a long time. Like the subject of cosmology itself, Harrison's Cosmology is simultaneously uplifiting and exasperating. Perhaps that is why I admire it so much and will be recommending it to students for many years to come." American Journal of Physics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521661485
    • length: 578 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.38kg
    • contains: 327 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. What is cosmology?
    2. Early scientific cosmology
    3. Cartesian and Newtonian world systems
    4. Cosmology after Newton and before Einstein
    5. Stars
    6. Galaxies
    7. Location and the cosmic center
    8. Containment and the cosmic edge
    9. Space and time
    Part II:
    10. Curved space
    11. Special relativity
    12. General relativity
    13. Black holes
    14. Expansion of the universe
    15. Cosmic redshifts
    16. Newtonian cosmology
    17. Cosmic box
    18. Many universes
    19. Observational cosmology
    Part III:
    20. The early universe
    21. Horizons in the universe
    22. Inflation
    23. The cosmic numbers
    24. Darkness at night
    25. Creation of the universe
    26. Life in the universe

  • Author

    Edward Harrison, University of Arizona

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