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The Resource Elementary cosmology : From Aristotle's universe to the Big Bang and beyond, James J. Kolata

Elementary cosmology : From Aristotle's universe to the Big Bang and beyond, James J. Kolata

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Elementary cosmology : From Aristotle's universe to the Big Bang and beyond
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Elementary cosmology
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From Aristotle's universe to the Big Bang and beyond
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James J. Kolata
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From Aristotle's universe to the Big Bang and beyond
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eng
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The aim of this book is to introduce the most important discoveries in cosmology, and how they altered our perceptions of the origin, size, structure and evolution of the universe. The book covers a wide range of cosmological topics, including nebulae, cosmic distances, spacetime, the Big Bang, dark matter and dark energy, higher dimensions, string theory, neutron stars and black holes, and gravitational radiation. The text contains many links to websites that clarify and extend the discussion, and which provide a more in-depth understanding of many of the concepts introduced in this book, in particular the mathematics involved. It will provide a fascinating insight to undergraduate students and anyone interested in astronomy and cosmology
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James J. Kolata is Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Physics at the University of Notre Dame. He received his BS from Marquette University and his MS and PhD from Michigan State University. Before coming to Notre Dame, he worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and at the University of Pittsburgh. This book is from his elective course at Notre Dame entitled "Elementary Cosmology".
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Kolata, J. J.
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523.109
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no index present
Intended audience
University science courses for non-science majors. Supplementary reading for science undergraduates studying astronomy/cosmology
LC call number
QB981
LC item number
.K654 2020eb
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Institute of Physics (Great Britain)
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AAS-IOP astronomy. 2021 collection,
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  • Cosmology
  • Cosmology & the universe
  • SCIENCE / Cosmology
  • Cosmology
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  • adult
  • specialized
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Elementary cosmology : From Aristotle's universe to the Big Bang and beyond, James J. Kolata
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"Version: 20201201"--Title page verso
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Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. The scientific method -- 1.1. Introduction to the scientific method -- 1.2. Some mathematics -- 1.3. Exponential growth
  • 2. Early astronomy -- 3. Nebulae -- 4. Cosmic distances -- 4.1. The cosmic distance ladder -- 4.2. Spiral nebulae : are they extragalactic? -- 4.3. The chemical composition of stars
  • 5. Spacetime -- 5.1. The speed of light -- 5.2. The special theory of relativity -- 5.3. The general theory of relativity -- 5.4. Universal expansion
  • 6. The big bang -- 6.1. The structure and history of the universe -- 6.2. The geometry of spacetime -- 6.3. The father of the big bang -- 6.4. The creation of the elements
  • 7. Cosmic microwave background radiation -- 7.1. The "smoking gun" of the big bang -- 7.2. Decoupling -- 7.3. How bright is the CMB? -- 7.4. "Matter dominated" versus "radiation dominated" universes -- 7.5. How uniform is the CMB?
  • 8. Dark matter -- 8.1. Dark matter defined -- 8.2. Non-baryonic dark matter
  • 9. The standard model of cosmology -- 9.1. Nucleosynthesis -- 9.2. The birth and death of stars -- 9.3. The size of the universe
  • 10. The very early big bang -- 10.1. The four forces of nature -- 10.2. The quantum nature of forces -- 10.3. The unification of forces -- 10.4. The quark model -- 10.5. The leptons -- 10.6. The gluons -- 10.7. The standard model of high energy physics -- 10.8. The history of the universe : the early frames -- 10.9. Why matter rather than antimatter?
  • 11. Inflation -- 11.1. The horizon problem -- 11.2. The flatness problem -- 11.3. The smoothness problem -- 11.4. The magnetic monopole problem -- 11.5. Inflation -- 11.6. How inflation solves the big bang problems
  • 12. Dark energy -- 12.1. The curvature of spacetime -- 12.2. The accelerating universal expansion -- 12.3. Dark energy and the CMB -- 12.4. Is there a signature of inflation in the CMB?
  • 13. Higher dimensions -- 13.1. Field theories -- 13.2. Kaluza-Klein theory -- 13.3. Compactification -- 13.4. Quantum electrodynamics (QED) -- 13.5. Quantization of the weak and strong forces -- 13.6. Early attempts at a quantum theory of gravity
  • 14. String theory -- 14.1. Particles and "string" -- 14.2. M-theory -- 14.3. The multiverse
  • 15. Neutron stars and black holes -- 15.1. The life and death of the sun -- 15.2. The life and death of massive stars -- 15.3. Neutron stars -- 15.4. Black holes -- 15.5. Some properties of black holes -- 15.6. The thermodynamics of black holes -- 15.7. Hawking radiation -- 15.8. The singularity at the center of a black hole
  • 16. Gravitational radiation -- 16.1. General relativity and gravitational waves -- 16.2. Indirect detection of gravitational radiation -- 16.3. The LIGO Project
  • 17. Reading list -- 18. Links to astronomy and cosmology websites -- 19. Frequently used abbreviations -- 19.1. Laboratories and organizations -- 19.2. Accelerators and spacecraft -- 19.3. Units, constants, and mathematical terminology -- 19.4. Astrophysics terminology -- 19.5. Particle-physics terminology -- 19.6. Quantum theories
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1231598973
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Edition
Second edition.
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1 PDF (various pagings)
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multiple file formats
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online
Isbn
9780750336147
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electronic
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isbdmedia
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10.1088/2514-3433/abbd4b
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illustrations (some color).
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9780750336154
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access
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(OCoLC)1231598973
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Label
Elementary cosmology : From Aristotle's universe to the Big Bang and beyond, James J. Kolata
Publication
Note
"Version: 20201201"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. The scientific method -- 1.1. Introduction to the scientific method -- 1.2. Some mathematics -- 1.3. Exponential growth
  • 2. Early astronomy -- 3. Nebulae -- 4. Cosmic distances -- 4.1. The cosmic distance ladder -- 4.2. Spiral nebulae : are they extragalactic? -- 4.3. The chemical composition of stars
  • 5. Spacetime -- 5.1. The speed of light -- 5.2. The special theory of relativity -- 5.3. The general theory of relativity -- 5.4. Universal expansion
  • 6. The big bang -- 6.1. The structure and history of the universe -- 6.2. The geometry of spacetime -- 6.3. The father of the big bang -- 6.4. The creation of the elements
  • 7. Cosmic microwave background radiation -- 7.1. The "smoking gun" of the big bang -- 7.2. Decoupling -- 7.3. How bright is the CMB? -- 7.4. "Matter dominated" versus "radiation dominated" universes -- 7.5. How uniform is the CMB?
  • 8. Dark matter -- 8.1. Dark matter defined -- 8.2. Non-baryonic dark matter
  • 9. The standard model of cosmology -- 9.1. Nucleosynthesis -- 9.2. The birth and death of stars -- 9.3. The size of the universe
  • 10. The very early big bang -- 10.1. The four forces of nature -- 10.2. The quantum nature of forces -- 10.3. The unification of forces -- 10.4. The quark model -- 10.5. The leptons -- 10.6. The gluons -- 10.7. The standard model of high energy physics -- 10.8. The history of the universe : the early frames -- 10.9. Why matter rather than antimatter?
  • 11. Inflation -- 11.1. The horizon problem -- 11.2. The flatness problem -- 11.3. The smoothness problem -- 11.4. The magnetic monopole problem -- 11.5. Inflation -- 11.6. How inflation solves the big bang problems
  • 12. Dark energy -- 12.1. The curvature of spacetime -- 12.2. The accelerating universal expansion -- 12.3. Dark energy and the CMB -- 12.4. Is there a signature of inflation in the CMB?
  • 13. Higher dimensions -- 13.1. Field theories -- 13.2. Kaluza-Klein theory -- 13.3. Compactification -- 13.4. Quantum electrodynamics (QED) -- 13.5. Quantization of the weak and strong forces -- 13.6. Early attempts at a quantum theory of gravity
  • 14. String theory -- 14.1. Particles and "string" -- 14.2. M-theory -- 14.3. The multiverse
  • 15. Neutron stars and black holes -- 15.1. The life and death of the sun -- 15.2. The life and death of massive stars -- 15.3. Neutron stars -- 15.4. Black holes -- 15.5. Some properties of black holes -- 15.6. The thermodynamics of black holes -- 15.7. Hawking radiation -- 15.8. The singularity at the center of a black hole
  • 16. Gravitational radiation -- 16.1. General relativity and gravitational waves -- 16.2. Indirect detection of gravitational radiation -- 16.3. The LIGO Project
  • 17. Reading list -- 18. Links to astronomy and cosmology websites -- 19. Frequently used abbreviations -- 19.1. Laboratories and organizations -- 19.2. Accelerators and spacecraft -- 19.3. Units, constants, and mathematical terminology -- 19.4. Astrophysics terminology -- 19.5. Particle-physics terminology -- 19.6. Quantum theories
Control code
1231598973
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Second edition.
Extent
1 PDF (various pagings)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780750336147
Media category
electronic
Media MARC source
isbdmedia
Other control number
10.1088/2514-3433/abbd4b
Other physical details
illustrations (some color).
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
9780750336154
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1231598973
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader, EPUB reader, or Kindle reader

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