New Eyes on the Universe
Twelve Cosmic Mysteries and the Tools We Need to Solve Them
Springer Praxis Books
This book discusses twelve areas of active astronomical research, ranging from the nature of dark energy to the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial civilizations, and devotes one chapter to each topic. Although astronomers tackle each of these questions using information gleaned from all possible wavelengths and sources (and this is emphasized throughout the book), in this work the author dedicates each chapter to a particular observational method. One chapter covers X-ray telescopes for investigating black holes, while another uses infrared telescopes to learn more about planetary information.
Preface.- Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: The oldest light in the Universe.- Chapter 3: Through a glass, darkly.- Chapter 4: A problem of some gravity.- Chapter 5: Where God divides by zero.- Chapter 6: The "Oh my God" particles.- Chapter 7: Deep sea, deep snow...deep space.- Chapter 8: Far as human eye can see.- Chapter 9: A new messenger from the cosmos.- Chapter 10: The cosmic-wide web.- Chapter 11: Nurseries in space.- Chapter 12: Other Earths.- Chapter 13: Listening out for life.- Glossary of terms.- Glossary of facilities and experiments.- Bibliography.- Index.
From the reviews:
“‘New Eyes on the Universe’ shows that there is plenty more research subjects in astronomy and cosmology, that we are just beginning to find out more about. … Overall this book also introduces astronomical research in almost all wavelengths … and the telescopes that are only just new being built or will be in the future. It is definitely a book that might inspire young readers to go into astronomy.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, February, 2014)“Explains in an engaging, nonmathematical way how this new generation of ‘telescopes’ is being used to attack a dozen of the ‘cream of the crop’ astronomical puzzles of current times--and why they are so important. … Liberal use of everyday analogies makes even the more difficult material easy to understand. The book is also something of a tour guide to many of the facilities, observatories, and spacecraft at the forefront of astronomy. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Students of all levels and general readers.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 50 (3), November, 2012)