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Cosmic Catastrophes By J. Craig Wheeler (University of Texas, Austin)

Cosmic Catastrophes
by J. Craig Wheeler (University of Texas, Austin)

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A breathtaking tour of supernovae, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, worm-hole time machines, and the possible birth of baby bubble universes. With the use of lucid analogies, simple language and crystal-clear cartoons, this book makes accessible some of the most exciting and mind-bending objects and ideas in the Universe.
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Cosmic Catastrophes: Supernovae, Gamma-ray Bursts, and Adventures in Hyperspace by J. Craig Wheeler (University of Texas, Austin)

In this tour-de-force of the ultimate and extreme in astrophysics, renowned astrophysicist and author J. Craig Wheeler takes us on a breathtaking journey to supernovae, black holes, gamma-ray bursts and adventures in hyperspace. This is no far-fetched science fiction but an enthusiastic exploration of ideas at the cutting edge of current astrophysics. This book follows the tortuous life of a star, from birth, evolution, and death, and leads on to ideas of complete collapse to a black hole, worm-hole time machines, the possible birth of baby bubble universes, and the prospect of a revolutionary view of space and time in a ten-dimensional string theory. Along the way we look at evidence that suggests that the Universe is accelerating, and recent developments in understanding gamma-ray bursts - perhaps the most catastrophic cosmic events of all. With the use of lucid analogies, simple language and crystal-clear cartoons, this book makes accessible some of the most exciting and mind-bending objects and ideas in the Universe.

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Cosmic Catastrophes Reviews


'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
'Wheeler infects the reader with the excitement of this golden age of discovery of extreme environments in the universe. His innovative explanations deepen understanding of the connections between stars, the universe, and fundamental physics.' Professor Robert V. Wagoner, Stanford University
'Wheeler tells the story of the creation of the universe from the Big Bang onward ... for the intelligent reader without a technical background ... lucid and generously illustrated.' Kirkus Reviews
'... written in a lively, jargon-free style, this book enables a deep understanding of the connections between stars, the universe, and fundamental physics. thus, this highly recommendable book may infect amateur astronomers and professionals with the excitement discovery of extreme environments in the universe.' Orion (Societe Astronomique de Suisse)
'A great deal of information is packed into this small book ...all of it explained in Wheeler's extremely lucid fashion. ...Five or six thumbs up for this one!' American Association of Variable Stars Observers Bookstore
"This accessible, painstaking work of astronomical exposition brings to a general readership Wheeler's knowledge of stars, supernovae and their cousins...Wheeler moves from black holes into space-time and gee-whiz cosmology and to supernova-related theories about the universe's expansion...it's the star-level science here that really shines." Publishers Weekly
"Wheeler tells the story of the creation of the universe from the Big Bang onward...for the intelligent reader without a technical background...lucid and generously illustrated." Kirkus Reviews
"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,^D Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything. Universe^D
"Wheeler infects the reader with the excitement of this golden age of discovery of extreme environments in the universe. His innovative explanations deepen understanding of the connections between stars, the universe, and fundamental physics." Professor Robert V. Wagoner, Stanford University
"Wheeler excels at presenting difficult material in understanding terms, often with superb analogies...a valuable book." destinationspace.com
"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 Association of Physics Teachers

Table of Contents


1. Setting the stage: star formation and hydrogen burning in single stars; 2. Stellar death; 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; 11. Supernovae and the universe; 12. Black holes, worm holes and beyond.

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GOR002028349
Cosmic Catastrophes: Supernovae, Gamma-ray Bursts, and Adventures in Hyperspace by J. Craig Wheeler (University of Texas, Austin)
J. Craig Wheeler (University of Texas, Austin)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2000-07-03
304
0521651956
9780521651950
N/A
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