Galaxies A Very Short Introduction Very Short

Galaxies A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions ❴PDF / Epub❵ ★ Galaxies A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Author John Gribbin – In this fascinating Very Short Introduction popular science writer John Gribben tells the story of our growing understanding of galaxies from the days before Galileo to our present day observations of Very Short ePUB ´ In this fascinating Very Short Introduction popular science writer John Gribben tells the story of our growing understanding of galaxies from the days before Galileo to our present day observations of our many hundreds of Galaxies A PDF/EPUB ² millions of galactic neighbors Not only are galaxies fascinating A Very Short Introduction Very eBook ð astronomical structures in themselves but their study has revealed much of what we know today about the cosmos providing a window on the Big Bang and the A Very Short PDF Æ origins of the Universe Gribben looks at our own Milky Way Galaxy in detail from the different kinds of stars that are born within it to the origins of its magnificent spiral structure Perhaps most interesting A Very Short Introduction Very eBook ð Gribben describes the many exciting discoveries have been made about our own galaxy and about those beyond how a supermassive black hole lurks at the center of every galaxy how enormous forces are released when galaxies collide how distant galaxies provide a window on the early Universe and how the formation of young galaxies shed needed light on the mysteries of Cold Dark Matter About the Series Combining authority with wit accessibility and style Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics from philosophy to Freud uantum theory to Islam.

10 thoughts on “Galaxies A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

  1. M.L. Rio M.L. Rio says:

    Perfectly good read but the number of typos and copy editing errors in this book is an object lesson in why the sciences still need the humanities

  2. Bob Bob says:

    The author John Gibbons holds a PhD in Astrophysics and he is careful to stay close to the facts He combines observational data with analysis from the known laws of physics then provides an interpretation that is well supported All of this makes him be very credibleFrom its beginning to the current time the development of the universe was described in good detail Enough detail to show what happened but not so much detail that the story gets totally lost in the euations He put together the evidence as we know it then described the seuence of events that led to the formation of matter and the gradual evolution of galaxies He went on to investigate the likely methods by which black holes were created and showed that despite their prominence at the center of galaxies they appear to have a minimal effect on the stars in their immediate vicinity Also black holes themselves will probably come apart as the universe reaches the end of its course Much speculation is inherent to anything projected far into the future The author states this clearly and acknowledges that the gravitational constant may not be constant at all; this is a major factor concerning anything we can say about our understanding of the universe And Cold Dark Matter This dominates the material we know by a factor of 6 to 1 In other words we are basing all our information on data which knows about CDM only because it influences gravitational forces but we cannot say anything about itI liked this book It answered many uestions I had and still have did so supported with a solid base and identified things we think we do know with a look into some possibilities that may turn out to be factual as we gain a better understandingI also like the Oxford series of Very Short Introductions The library at the community college acuired this collection recently and I suspect I will read many of these

  3. تماضر المهدي تماضر المهدي says:

    و لقد زيّنا السّماء الّدنيا بمصابيح This ayah kept playing in my head Astronomy is so important We owe it to ourselves and our planet to know The universe is large way larger than whatever we have in mind and its constantly changing so we better keep up Richard Feynmann has once said I a universe of atoms an atom in the universe 3

  4. Monstrous Abeer Monstrous Abeer says:

    A very short introduction to a very short introduction's worldMy first experience with that series seems like it won't be the last

  5. Lisa Lisa says:

    I read this book for my Galaxies uest class This book and the class have blown my mind Not an easy book for me to read; lots of physics Fascinating subject; I’m so glad that I read this book even though I didn’t always understand it I plan to reread this book in the future in an effort to hopefully understand of it

  6. Julianna Julianna says:

    Extremely informative Reads like a textbook but that is what was intended I love the surface level overview of a topic I don't have time to investigate on a deeper level Learned a lot

  7. Steve Lee Steve Lee says:

    Another excellent title in the Very Short Introduction library

  8. Daniel Wright Daniel Wright says:

    Thomas Wright is uite possibly one of the most important historical figures you've never heard of Though humans have been looking at the Milky Way or Galaxy from the Greek word for milk since time immemorial in the eighteenth century he became the first person to build a telescope powerful enough to resolve the individual stars in it and so the first to realise that it was composed of stars He then realised that this meant that the solar system was part of a flattened disc of stars and that the thinness of the strip in one direction meant that the Sun is not even central Copernicus had de centred the Earth and put the Sun at the centre of the universe; Wright went even further and de centred the Sun putting another brick in the edifice of what astronomers half jokingly call 'the principle of terrestrial mediocrity'Wright went even further than this though and speculated that certain nebulae might lie outside the Galaxy Immanuel Kant of all people was the first person to speculate that they might be galaxies in their own right But this was not demonstrated beyond the doubt of many astronomers until as late as 1923 by who else? Edwin HubbleAll these things and are to be learnt in this splendid little bookChapter 1 The Great DebateChapter 2 Stepping stones to the UniverseChapter 3 Our islandChapter 4 Interlude galactic mediocrityChapter 5 The expanding universeChapter 6 The material worldChapter 7 The origin of galaxiesChapter 8 The fate of galaxies

  9. Bojan Tunguz Bojan Tunguz says:

    Of all the astronomical objects that are visible to the human eye perhaps the most fascinating ones are the galaxies This is in large measure due to the most familiar spiral galaxies of which our own Milky Way is an example Their twirling irregular shapes are fascinating to the eye for or less the same reasons that the rings of Saturn attract attention They are an exception to the universe that is filled with perfectly spherical or pointlike objects with very little of internal structure And just like Saturn the fascinating shape of the galaxies has only been revealed with the advent of a telescope and not until well into the 20th century did we realize that these island universes lay far outside out of the Milky Way If you are interested in finding out about galaxies what they are how did we come to know about them how they develop and what their ultimate destiny is then John Gribbin's book is an excellent introduction to the subject It is accessible to a non expert and very little scientific understanding is assumed It is very readable and interesting and it will take a reader on a fascinating intellectual journey across the universe After reading this book you will be looking at the universe with a whole new set of eyes and would hopefully appreciate our own place in cosmos

  10. Misercord Misercord says:

    Reach down and find a grain of sand Pick it up and hold it lightly between your thumb and fore finger Hold that out at arms length Swing it up to the sky OK how many galaxies are in the sky cover by that grain of sand? Well according to the Hubble Ultra Deep Field photograph 10000 Reading John Gribbin's book Galaxies A Very Short Introduction can make you feel pretty mediocre That's because you should John Gribbin explains the scientific principle that says you should His book is a great at explaining the complex and mediocrity of our galaxy to the layman It explains everything about galaxies Starting with the discover of our galaxy and the other to to the theories of how they will end With eight chapters in a 3 by 5 inch binding this book covers the most complex uestions facing Astronomy today What is Dark Matter Dark Energy? Was the lambda constant Einstein’s biggest mistake or not? How will the Universe end; Big Crunch Slow Fade or Big Rip If you want an understanding all of these things but don't have the advance degree in science this is the book to read

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