ISBN : 9780198831860
The Cosmic Mystery Tour takes us on a lightning tour of the mysteries of the universe enlivened by brief stories of the colourful characters who created modern science. It explores hot topics in physics and astronomy, including the recent discovery of gravitational waves; the quest for the origin of dark matter; the study of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy; the ongoing search for Earth-like exoplanets; the search for signals from extraterrestrials; and the development of technologies to send spacecraft to the stars.
The first part of the book explores the laws that govern the universe. Physics is a spiritual quest to find deep meaning in the cosmos. Its goal is to provide a concise, but accurate description of the world that accounts for all the amazing features that it contains. The second part takes a look at the history of the cosmos, studies its geography and explores some of its architectural highlights such as red giants, white dwarfs, neutron stars and the ultimate cosmic mysteries-supermassive black holes. The last part considers the possibility that life might exist elsewhere in the universe, and explores the cosmos from the outer fringes of science fiction to the ongoing search for alien civilizations.
Part 1: The Laws of The Cosmos
1: The Path to Immortality
2: The Rosetta Stone and Quantum Waves
3: We're Having a Field Day!
4: Cosmic Ripples
5: Lovely LISA
6: Animated Atom Boy
7: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
8: Forces of the World Unite!
9: Most of the Universe is Missing!
Part II: The History, Geography and Architecture of the Cosmos
10: From Genesis to Revelation!
11: The Battle for the Cosmos
12: Alchemical Furnaces of the Cosmos
13: Diamonds in the Sky
14: From the Leviathan to the Behemoth
15: The Crab and the Jellyfish
16: The Ultimate Heavy Metal Space Rock
17: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
18: Cosmic Spacequakes
19: Doctor Atomic and the Black Hole
20: Supermassive Black Holes
Part III: The Biology of the Cosmos
21: The Gorgon's Head!
22: Raise Your Glasses to the Skies!
23: Life, But Not as We Know It!
24: To Boldly Go...
25: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
26: Where is Everybody?
"An accessible introduction to all things cosmos..." - Maren Ostergard, Booklist