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KEY MESSAGE: Your Cosmic Context provides a framework for exploring the nature and history of our universe. Equally well suited for independent reading and study or for a one-term general education course in cosmology, this book is a guide to the key insights of scientific cosmology, including the big bang theory and exotic entities like dark matter and dark energy. It also explains how we discovered the surprising things we now know about the distant reaches of space and time, and thereby serves as one of the best available illustrations of the scientific method in action.
KEY TOPICS: Starting Points, The Sky We See, The Universe We Discover Through Heat and Light, The Universe We Discover Through Motion and Gravity, Clues About the Cosmos, The Fabric of Spacetime, An Expanding Universe, Photons and Electrons, The Nuclear Realm, The Big Bang Theory, History, Density, and Destiny, The Story of Structure, The Emergence of Complex Life, What Does It Mean to You?
MARKET: Intended for those interested in the basics of cosmology.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Starting Points
Chapter 2: The Sky We See
Chapter 3: The Universe We Discover Through Heat and Light
Chapter 4: The Universe We Discover Through Motion and Gravity
Chapter 5: Clues About the Cosmos
Chapter 6: The Fabric of Spacetime
Chapter 7: An Expanding Universe
Chapter 8: Photons and Electrons
Chapter 9: The Nuclear Realm
Chapter 10: The Big Bang Theory
Chapter 11: History, Density, and Destiny
Chapter 12: The Story of Structure
Chapter 13: The Emergence of Complex Life
Chapter 14: What Does It Mean to You?
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