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    DescriptionFrom supernovae and gamma-ray bursts to the accelerating Universe, this is an exploration of the intellectual threads that lead to some of the most exciting ideas in modern astrophysics and cosmology. This fully updated second edition incorporates new material on binary stars, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, worm-holes, quantum gravity and string theory. It covers the origins of stars and their evolution, the mechanisms responsible for supernovae, and their progeny, neutron stars and black holes. It examines the theoretical ideas behind black holes and their manifestation in observational astronomy and presents neutron stars in all their variety known today. This book also covers the physics of the twentieth century, discussing quantum theory and Einstein's gravity, how these two theories collide, and the prospects for their reconciliation in the twenty-first century. This will be essential reading for undergraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics, and an excellent, accessible introduction for a wider audience.


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    Title
    Cosmic Catastrophes
    Subtitle
    Exploding Stars, Black Holes, and Mapping the Universe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. Craig Wheeler
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 358
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 650 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521857147
    ISBN 10: 0521857147
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: PGK, PGM
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: PGC
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000, SCI015000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 523.84465
    LC classification: QB843.S95 W48 2007
    Thema V1.0: PGK, PGM
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    55 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    22 January 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    J. Craig Wheeler is Samuel T. and Fern Yanagisawa Regents Professor of Astronomy and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas Austin. He was elected President of the American Astronomical Society in 2006.
    Review quote
    'Wheeler's is one of those rare popular science books that leaves readers both thoroughly entertained and considerably more expert than when they began. Written in a lively, jargon-free style, laced with personal anecdotes, this is a hard-to-put-down, deeply satisfying book.' Kitty Ferguson, author of the best-seller, Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything 'The writing style is very informal and the explanations are kept at a general, nonmathematical level ... very informative and well worth reading. It is as up to date as possible on some of the most exciting and cutting-edge topics in astrophysics ... I would feel comfortable using this book as a text in a survey-level astronomy class, and I would also happily recommend it both to amateurs interested in following current topics in astrophysics and to my physicist colleagues.' Sky & Telescope '... the explanations in the book are exceptionally clear and accurate ... Many of the topics discussed by Wheeler, such as gamma ray bursts, and the connections between quantum gravity and cosmology, are at the forefront of research ... Wheeler communicates the excitement of astrophysics, while highlighting what is understood but also bringing his readers to the brink of the unknown.' American Journal of Physics '... a scholarly yet readable account of violet events in the Universe ... The author ... is one of the world's leading experts in these fields and he writes with immense authority. ... I have no doubt that it will run to many editions ...' BBC Sky at Night Magazine '[This] second edition [is] intended for use in classes for non-scientists. ... the book is exceedingly well written...' The Observatory 'This is a splendid book, written in a direct and exciting style and addressing head-on the difficulties which recent research has placed on time-honoured views and on evolving theories of Cosmology and Stellar Astrophysics ... Wheeler is quick to address not only the successes of recent decades but also the difficulties to which those successes lead within the tapestry of the physics of the last century ... to conclude his journey through this rapidly development world of astrophysics Wheeler examines the seemingly magical possibilities inside the event horizon, the world of worm hole time machines and quantum foam.' F.A.S.Newsletter
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. Setting the stage: star formation and hydrogen burning in single stars; 2. Stellar death: the inexorable grip of gravity; 3. Dancing with stars: binary stellar evolution; 4. Accretion disks: flat stars; 5. White Dwarfs: quantum dots; 6. Supernovae: stellar catastrophes; 7. Supernova 1987A: lessons and enigmas; 8. Neutron stars: atoms with attitude; 9. Black holes in theory: into the abyss; 10. Black holes in fact: exploring the reality; 11. Gamma-ray bursts, black holes and the universe: long, long ago and far, far away; 12. Supernovae and the universe; 13. Worm holes and time machines: tunnels in space and time; 14. Beyond: the frontiers; Index.