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Summarizes the current knowledge and theories in the field of astronomy with regard to the universe, from supernovas and black holes to quasars and the big bang theory
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Herbert Friedman is emeritus director, Space Science Program, Naval Research Laboratory. For the Norton paperback edition he has added new material on the latest findings, including coverage of the Hubble Telescope.From Publishers Weekly:
Astronomer Friedman here writes one of the most engaging popular science introductions to astronomy to come along in memory. He covers topics such as stellar evolution, quasars, pulsars, black holes, supernovae, nucleosynthesis after the Big Bang, the formation of the galaxies and much more. He also profiles, along with other pathfinders, Edwin Hubble, who discovered that the universe is expanding; George Hale, whose obsessive drive led him to build the four largest optical telescopes in the world; and Jan Oort, who discovered that the Sun is far from the center of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Friedman details the myriad observation techniques developed by astronomers, ranging from the invention of the telescope by Dutch spectacle-maker Hans Lippershey in 1608 to the imminent launch of the Hubble Space Telescope that will peer very nearly to the edge of the universe and revolutionize astronomy. A superb book.
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Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0393028186
Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0393028186