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by Bryan Gaensler

eBook Extreme Cosmos: A Guided Tour of the Fastest, Brightest, Hottest, Heaviest, Oldest, and Most Amazing Aspects of Our Universe epub
  • ISBN: 0399537511
  • Author: Bryan Gaensler
  • Genre: Science
  • Subcategory: Astronomy & Space Science
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • ePUB size: 1767 kb
  • FB2 size 1890 kb
  • Formats docx lrf mbr mobi


A nice feature is the appendix which lists these objects and their properties in tables for easy reference rather that going through the book page by page. For instance, it was easy to update the latest hypervelocity star's speed.

Ten short chapters cover ten extremes of our cosmos.

A top astronomer explores the universe through the lens of its most. Ten short chapters cover ten extremes of our cosmos. They reveal not only the absolutely amazing physical reality of the universe we live in, but also provide details of the astonishing scientific feats used by astronomers in their quest for examining and understanding it.

The universe is all about extremes, and in this engaging and thought-provoking book, astronomer Bryan Gaensler gives a whirlwind tour of the galaxies, with an emphasis on its fastest, hottest, heaviest, brightest.

The universe is all about extremes, and in this engaging and thought-provoking book, astronomer Bryan Gaensler gives a whirlwind tour of the galaxies, with an emphasis on its fastest, hottest, heaviest, brightest, oldest, densest, and even loudest elements. A top astronomer explores the universe through the lens of its most jaw-dropping extremes. The universe is all about extremes, and in this engaging and thought-provoking book, astronomer Bryan Gaensler gives a whirlwind tour of the galaxies, with an emphasis on its fastest, hottest, heaviest, brightest, oldest, densest, and even loudest elements.

Originally published: Kensington, . Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-235) and index.

The scale of the universe can often boggle the mind. The masses, distances, temperatures, and other characteristics of the various objects that comprise the observable universe are often so far removed from our day-to-day experiences that they can be difficult to comprehend. It’s little wonder, then, that the world astronomical has come to not only refer to astronomy, but also to any huge. Download from free file storage.

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A top astronomer explores the universe through the lens of its most jaw-dropping extremes. The universe is all about extremes, and in this engaging and thought-provoking book, astronomer Bryan Gaensler gives a whirlwind tour of the galaxies, with an emphasis on its fastest, hottest, heaviest, brightest, oldest, densest, and even loudest elements. From supernova explosions a billion times brighter than the sun to an asteroid the size of a beach ball, Extreme Cosmos offers a fascinating, fresh, and informed perspective of the remarkable richness of the universe, and the incredible physics that modern astronomy has revealed.


Comments: (7)
Dolid
Extreme Cosmos is a fun, quick and easy to read book with lots of interesting facts about the weirder aspects of the planets, moons, stars, nebulae and galaxies which populate the Universe. The astrophysical properties of temperature, speed, mass, density, luminosity, electromagnatism, gravity and even time and sound are discussed for various stars and galaxies. A nice feature is the appendix which lists these objects and their properties in tables for easy reference rather that going through the book page by page. For instance, it was easy to update the latest hypervelocity star's speed from 1.5 miles per hour to 2.5 million based on the latest findings in the literature. The appendix also gives some suggestions for further reading and sources for the extreme values he alludes to in the text. Dr. Gaensler's style is inviting and enthusiastic for his subject, and easily understandable for a newbie or seasoned amateur astronomer. I'd recommend it for anyone who is interested in astronomy or physics or just wants to know that his/her place in the universe isn't very special, just lucky its not an extreme one!
Little Devil
This book really is about extremes: fastest, slowest, biggest, smallest, loudest... As in any book like this some of the sections were more interesting and others less so. But to me any book that has me saying to my husband, "Hey, did you know xxx" at least twice is a net win and this one had me driving him absolutely nuts with factoids and new concepts. I still think "globular clusters" would be a great name for a chocolate/caramel/peanut conglomeration candy, but you'll have to read the book to find out what they really are.
fightnight
For anyone curious about the universe and its unfathomable extremes of size and character, this is the place to start. "Start" is the operative word here as the author acknowledges facts are in a continual state of flux. This book is quite well written and makes difficult concepts less difficult. This is good for the reader and good for the advancement of science.

Readers should be aware of two limiting aspects of this book. The concepts of cosmology are in a constant state of flux. My university textbook on astronomy, published in 1958, contains now humorous speculations. My favorite is the wonder about the dark lines on Mars - are they vegetation? Will we ever know? So too, expect the years ahead to not be kind to "facts" in Extreme Cosmos, something the author, Bryan Gaensler, notes also.

The other limiting aspect is my most serious complaint - the use of English measurement throughout the book. For me, this is a "dumb down" of science. Almost all astronomy, cosmology, etc. is done in standard metrics. Granted that more readers, particularly in the United States, are more conversant with the common measurements used here. At least the transition to meter, centigrade and other universally accepted standards should have been put in parenthesis. This may be the fault of the publisher and not the author. Still this an excellent place to gain an introduction to all that is around us.
GAMER
My husband purchased with book for himself and one for a friend after he read it, who is also interested in the cosmos. He said it was very well written, answering many of the questions he and his friend had. He has referred to it several times after reading it for the first time.
Tholmeena
This book arrived in excellent condition. It's also a very fun read, typical "pop-science" style that makes difficult science easier for the average person to understand. There are lots of textual illustrations, examples and offers different ways of looking at all the cool things in the universe.
Beydar
I was looking for a book on astronomy/astrophysics that would really be concept driven instead of dry and mathematical. Dr. Gaensler's book is compelling and interesting, and while it did have some pretty intricate explanations, he took the time to really break them down into analogies the layperson could grab hold of. The subjects were fascinating and gave me a great crash course on how the cosmos works. Anyone who likes astronomy should pick this up!
Sarin
The book went through the many kinds of extremes - size, mass, brightness, etc. - in an engaging style. I would have
liked if he would bring up more objects that the amateur astronomer is familiar with. As an amateur astronomer
I know of quite a few that could be included. Still, it is fascinating how much of the cosmos is extreme beyond
comprehension.
I have to say that this book covers the entire astronomy field the way no other does. It is one one my most highly valued books.
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