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Big Bang

Big Bang - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0805072563

Cover of Big Bang 3RD 01 (ISBN 978-0805072563)
ISBN13: 978-0805072563
ISBN10: 080507256X

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 2001
International: No

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Big Bang - 3RD 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805072563

Joseph Silk

ISBN13: 978-0805072563
ISBN10: 080507256X

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 2001
International: No

Our universe was born billions of years ago in a hot, violent explosion of elementary particles and radiationæthe big bang. What do we know about this ultimate moment of creation, and how do we know it? A marvelous introduction to scientific cosmology, The Big Bang, 3/e draws upon the latest theories and technology to provide a sweeping, lucid account of the event that set the universe in motion.


  • Author is an award-winning astronomer and physicist
  • Suitable for a course covering cosmology
  • Explores the evidence for the big bang model
  • Recounts the history of cosmological speculation

New to This Edition

  • Photos and measurements from the Hubble Space Telescope, Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite, and Infrared Space Observatory
  • Modern estimates of the age of the universe
  • New ideas in string theory and superstring theory
  • Recent experiments on neutrino detection
  • New theories about the presence of dark matter in galaxies
  • New developments of star formation and the evolution of galaxies
  • The latest ideas about black holes, worm holes, quantum foam, and multiple universes

Author Bio

Silk, Joseph : University of California-Berkeley

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Cosmology

Cosmological Principles
Modern Cosmologies
The Big Bang

2 Origins of Modern Cosmology

The Giants of Classical Cosmology
The Renaissance of Cosmology
Issues in Modern Cosmology
The Giants of Modern Cosmology

3 Observational Cosmology

The Extragalactic Distance Scale
The Most Distant Objects
Recession of the Galaxies
Olbers' Paradox

4 Evidence for the Big Bang

The Age of the Universe
The Cosmic Time Scale
Radio Galaxies
The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
Helium and Deuterium in the Universe

5 Cosmological Models

The Curvature of Space
Observable Horizons
Newtonian Cosmology
A Raisin Pudding Model of the Universe
Big Bang Models

6 The First Millisecond

The Density of the Universe
The Temperature of the Big Bang
The Physics of Creation
In the Beginning
The Legacy of Inflation
The Particle Zoo
Probing the Nature of Relics from the Big Bang
Mini-Black Holes

7 Thermonuclear Detonation of the Universe

Universal Helium Abundance
Deuterium Abundance

8 The Primeval Fireball Emerges

The Case of the Elusive Neutrinos
Characteristics of the Background Radiation
Density of Matter and Radiation
Radiation Temperature
Primordial Chaos?
The End of the Radiation Era
Cooling of Matter

9 Origin of the Galaxies

The Conservative Approach
The Revolutionary Approach
A Cosmic Filter
The Dominance of Cold Dark Matter

10 Evolution of the Galaxies

Collapse of a Protogalactic Cloud
Formation of Protogalaxies
Aggregation of Protogalactic Clouds
Formation of Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters
The Luminosity Function
Formation of the Stars
Elliptical and Spiral Galaxies
Archeology of the Milky Way
Mergers and Infall
Cosmic Star Formation History
Galaxy Gobbling

11 The Theory of Galaxy Formation

The Fate of Cold Dark Matter
Lyman Break Galaxies
The Cosmic Star Formation History

12 Giant Clusters of Galaxies

Galaxy Clustering
Hubble Bubbles
Intergalactic Gas
Galaxy Collisions
Dark Matter
Origin of the Giant Clusters

13 Radio Galaxies and Quasars

Radio Emission and Radio Galaxies
Quasi-Stellar Radio Sources
Gravitational Lenses
Theories of Quasars and Radio Galaxies

14 Formation of the Stars

Birth and Death of Stars
The First Stars
Current Star Formation
Molecular Clouds
Stellar Mass Distribution

15 The Morphology of Galaxies

Rotation and Density Waves
The Role of Magnetic Fields
Elliptical Galaxies and Globular Clusters
Colors of Galaxies
Morphology and Galaxy Formation

16 Origin of the Heavy Elements

Nuclear Evolution of Stars
White Dwarfs
Neutron stars
Black Holes
Explosive Nucleosynthesis
Elemental Abundances
Supernovae and the Solar System
Formation of the Earth and Life
Catastrophic Evolution
Life in the Universe

17 Into the Infinite Future

Mass Density of the Universe
Curvature of Space
Galaxies as Cosmological Probes
Acceleration of the Universe
The Curvature of the Universe
Quasars as Cosmological Probes
Deuterium and Mass Density
The Hubble Expansion
The Future of Open and Closed Universes

18 Alternatives to the Big Bang

Quantum Origins
Worm Holes
Multiple Universes
Tired-Light Cosmologies
Arpian Objects
Steady State Cosmology
Galaxies and Antigalaxies
Variable Gravitation
A Shrinking Universe
Avoiding the Singularity
Chaos versus Order
A Cold Universe
Forecasting the Infinite Future
The Future of Cosmology
Future Tests
A New Physics