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The Resource Calculating the cosmos : how mathematics unveils the universe, Ian Stewart

Calculating the cosmos : how mathematics unveils the universe, Ian Stewart

Label
Calculating the cosmos : how mathematics unveils the universe
Title
Calculating the cosmos
Title remainder
how mathematics unveils the universe
Statement of responsibility
Ian Stewart
Title variation
How mathematics unveils the universe
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid. Beginning with the Babylonian integration of mathematics into the study of astronomy and cosmology, Stewart traces the evolution of our understanding of the cosmos: How Kepler's laws of planetary motion led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. How, two centuries later, tiny irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein to devise his general theory of relativity. How, eighty years ago, the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the development of the Big Bang theory of its origins. How single-point origin and expansion led cosmologists to theorize new components of the universe, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. But does inflation explain the structure of today's universe? Does dark matter actually exist? Could a scientific revolution that will challenge the long-held scientific orthodoxy and once again transform our understanding of the universe be on the way? In an exciting and engaging style, Calculating the Cosmos is a mathematical quest through the intricate realms of astronomy and cosmology
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stewart, Ian
Dewey number
523.101/51
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cosmology
  • Astronomy
  • Space and time
  • Galaxies
  • Gravity
  • Big bang theory
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Evolution
  • Universe
Target audience
adult
Label
Calculating the cosmos : how mathematics unveils the universe, Ian Stewart
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Attraction at a distance -- Collapse of the solar nebula -- Inconstant Moon -- The clockwork cosmos -- Celestial police -- The planet that swallowed its children -- Cosimo's stars -- Off on a comet -- Chaos in the cosmos -- The interplanetary superhighway -- Great balls of fire -- Great sky river -- Alien worlds -- Dark stars -- Skeins and voids -- The cosmic egg -- The big blow-up -- The dark side -- Outside the universe -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn945232342
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465096107
Lccn
2016935674
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
523.10151 ST49 ; XX-N ; [A16BP052, #15, 4@$27.99, DLG/DDG ].
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)945232342
Label
Calculating the cosmos : how mathematics unveils the universe, Ian Stewart
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Attraction at a distance -- Collapse of the solar nebula -- Inconstant Moon -- The clockwork cosmos -- Celestial police -- The planet that swallowed its children -- Cosimo's stars -- Off on a comet -- Chaos in the cosmos -- The interplanetary superhighway -- Great balls of fire -- Great sky river -- Alien worlds -- Dark stars -- Skeins and voids -- The cosmic egg -- The big blow-up -- The dark side -- Outside the universe -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn945232342
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465096107
Lccn
2016935674
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
523.10151 ST49 ; XX-N ; [A16BP052, #15, 4@$27.99, DLG/DDG ].
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)945232342

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