The Biggest Bangs

The Biggest Bangs : The Mystery of Gamma-Ray Bursts, the Most Violent Explosions in the Universe

3.25 (12 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


For over a quarter of a century, gamma-ray bursts were the outstanding mystery in astronomy. No one knew where they were or how they worked. The Biggest Bangs tells how the mystery was unraveled, from the discovery of gamma-ray bursts by a Cold War satellite system monitoring the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to the localization of bursts in distant galaxies and the observation of surprisingly bright flashes of light from the bursts themselves. The Biggest Bangs is for laymen with an interest in science, physicists and astronomers interested in subjects in those fields not their specialty, students in non-technical astonomy courses, and as supplemental reading for courses in the history of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous figures
  • 0195145704
  • 9780195145700
  • 2,004,980

Review quote

The author gives a lively account of science in action...excellent supplementary reading material for a university student taking a course in physics or astronomy, or as background material for their lectureres who may not be familiar with this subject * Michael Dworetsky, THES * a lively and entertaining book that I can recommend to anyone wishing to know more about gamma-ray bursters * Chris Kitchin, Astronomy Now *show more

About Jonathan I. Katz

Jonathan I. Katz received a PhD from Cornell University at the age of 22. He is an astrophysicist and applied physicist who has worked on problems as diverse as X ray stars, earthquakes, the fracture of glass, and gamma-ray more

Table of contents

PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION ; Vela ; Detectors ; Where are they? ; What are they? ; Compactness ; The Large Magellanic Cloud ; False Light ; False Lines ; The Copernican Dilemma ; Soft Gamma Repeaters ; BATSE ; The Great Debate ; The Theorists' Turn ; Afterglows ; The Supernova Connection? ; The Holy Grail ; The End of the Beginning ; AFTERWORD ; APPENDIX: DID A GAMMA-RAY BURST KILL THE DINOSAURS ; GLOSSARY ; SOURCES ; INDEXshow more

Rating details

12 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
5 17% (2)
4 17% (2)
3 42% (5)
2 25% (3)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X