Pulsars, Quasars, & Other Deep-space QuestionsBook - 2007
Astronomer Kidger (European Space Astronomy Center, Madrid) discusses some of the big questions he and his colleagues deal with in a manner designed not only to be accessible to general educated readers, but also to elicit support from general voting readers in various countries where government science budgets are being squeezed between anti-intellectual conservatives and pro-social-service liberals. Among the questions he asks are how stars are born and die, how old the universe is, and what is there outside the universe. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
Praise for Kidger's Astronomical Enigmas:
"Easy to read but not easy to put down!" -- Spaceflight
"Kidger takes us on a tour of the solar system, addressing an array of fascinating questions... a joy to read." -- Publishers Weekly
"He answers questions that provoke some of the most passionate and heated arguments between astronomers. Astronomical Enigmas illustrates how much we know about our solar system, and how much there still is to discover." -- Lunar Planetary Information Bulletin
"An elucidating overview of the big questions in astronomy, providing the reader with a commanding level of knowledge." -- Air & Space Smithsonian
"A refreshing and successful departure from the traditional approach to an introductory astronomy book... An excellent book that spans a wide range of topics." -- Choice
"In this highly interesting volume, an astronomer asks general-interest questions and provides solid scientific answers... packed with information." -- NSTA Recommends
The universe is big. Really big. And it gets bigger every day. In Cosmological Enigmas, Mark Kidger weaves together history, science, and science fiction to consider questions about the bigness of space and the strange objects that lie trembling at the edge of infinity.
What are quasars, blazars, and gamma-ray bursters? Could we ever travel to the stars? Can we really expect aliens to contact us? From the profound (what evidence do we have to support the big bang theory?) to the bizarre (can there be more than one universe and, if so, how many dimensions does it possess?) to the everyday-yet-profound (why is the sky dark at night?), Kidger explains not only what we know but how we came to know it. Reflecting on how stars shine and what may lie beyond the edge of the universe, Kidger takes us on the ultimate cosmic journey.
9780801884603 (hardcover : acid-free paper)