Cosmological Enigmas: Pulsars, Quasars, and Other Deep-Space Questions

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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.

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Mark Kidger is an astronomer at the European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid. He is the author of Astronomical Enigmas: Life on Mars, the Star of Bethlehem, and Other Milky Way Mysteries, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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The ideas of the sciences flow together smoothly, interwoven with personal reminiscences and observations. Highly recommended.

(Choice 2008-01-00)

Provides an excellent introduction to the rapidly changing fields of cosmology, stellar astrophysics, and galactic studies.

(Marc Rothenberg Magill Book Reviews 2008-01-00)

A mix of standard astronomy lessons and some wonderful analogies, bring concepts that can be truly mind boggling closer to home... Kidger's explanations often sparkle with interesting 'I didn't know that' factoids... The book is truly a conversation between astronomer and reader, illuminating the 'Big Questions' in astronomy with a down-to-earth approach.

(Carolyn Collins Petersen Sky and Telescope 2008-01-00)

Easily accessible to the nonspecialist.

(Paul V. Pancella Science Books and Films 2008-01-00)

It is always a pleasure to read a book that is written by someone who has such a passion for the subject... The overall impression is of a book that is worthy of inclusion in any bookcase. On a final note, it has a superbly designed and eye-catching dust jacket!

(John Griffiths Observatory Magazine 2008-01-00)

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