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Facts and Speculations in Cosmology

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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521865043

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  • A thought-provoking insight into the evolution of cosmology for undergraduate students and general readers, this book shows that the mystery of the origin of the universe is far from being solved. Cosmology has advanced over time through observational evidence as well as a lot of speculation. In this historical approach, the authors argue that the speculative element has become a dominant part of modern cosmology. They show how assumptions have been made and portrayed as confirmed facts. This unique book gives not only a critical assessment of the big bang theory, but presents a host of anomalous observations, and puts forward an alternative, controversial theory on the origin of the universe. A non-mathematical account, it contains analogies from everyday life so that readers can understand the concepts easily and follow the arguments presented.

    • A unique assessment of the big bang theory
    • Puts forward an alternative, controversial theory on the origin of the universe
    • A non-mathematical account, so readers can easily understand the concepts and arguments presented
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Too few scientists take pains to what emphasize what we actually know and what's speculation, which is why this book is so refreshing. Mainstream cosmologists maintain that the standard picture is supported by interconnected observations and it is not time for a radical alternative like Narlikar and Burbidge's 'quasi-steady state theory'. But these are certainly interesting times, and they are perfectly expounded in this comprehensive book." Rated 5 out of 5 stars and named book of the month in January 2009 - Marcus Chown, BBC Sky at Night

    "Highly Recommended. General readers, all undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals." - B.R. Parker, emeritus, Idaho State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521865043
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 150 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ancient cosmologies
    2. The Greek epicycles
    3. Reaching out to the milky way
    4. Our position in the galaxy
    5. The world of galaxies
    6. The expanding universe
    7. Modelling the universe
    8. What is the geometry of the universe like?
    9. A universe without a beginning and without an end
    10. The cosmological debate 1950-1965
    11. The origin of the chemical elements
    12. Cosmic microwave background
    13. The very early universe
    14. Dark matter and dark energy
    15. An alternative cosmology
    16. Unfaced challenges in cosmology
    17. Epilogue.

  • Authors

    Jayant Narlikar, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India
    Jayant V. Narlikar is Emeritus Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India. Known for his work on cosmology, Narlikar served as President of the Cosmology Commission of the International Astronomical Union (1994-97). Other books by Professor Narlikar include An Introduction to Cosmology (now in its third edition, 2002) and Current Issues in Cosmology (with Jean-Claude Pecker, 2006), both with Cambridge University Press.

    Geoffrey Burbidge, University of California, San Diego
    Geoffrey Burbidge is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is best known for his work on stellar nucleosynthesis and quasi-stellar objects. Professor Burbidge has been the recipient of several awards, most recently the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society with Margaret Burbidge. He co-authored A Different Approach to Cosmology (with Jayant Narlikar and Fred Hoyle, Cambridge University Press, released in paperback in 2005).

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