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eBook Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe ePub

by Alan Lightman

  • ISBN: 0674033639
  • Category: Astronomy and Space Science
  • Subcategory: Math Science
  • Author: Alan Lightman
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 184
  • ePub book: 1468 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1656 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 321

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Lightman has done a good job of telling the story of an exciting science.

MIT astrophysicist and science writer, Alan Lightman takes the reader on a grand tour of the Universe.

MIT astrophysicist and science writer, Alan Lightman takes the reader. MIT astrophysicist and science writer, Alan Lightman takes the reader on a grand tour of the Universe. In this compact volume he explores the history of cosmology, the theories and the evidence, the new discoveries, the outstanding questions, and the controversies.

Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee on November 28, 1948. After completing an . at Princeton University in 1970, a P. at the California Institute of Technology in 1974, and postdoctoral studies at Cornell University in 1976, he moved directly into academia, teaching astronomy and physics at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Many of his essays can be found in the collections Time Travel and Papa Joe's Pipe and A Modern-Day Yankee in a Connecticut Court and Other Essays on Science

Lightman's novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award. Our Changing View of the Universe (1991).

A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. Lightman's novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award Lightman has received six honorary doctoral degrees. I first came across this book in my English class during my freshman year in college. It was very easy to read, and most of all, it was very inspirational. It's a great book to read when you're looking for something to enjoy peacefully, and yet, think about.

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Isis 83 (3):466-467 (1992). Similar books and articles. Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe by Alan Lightman. Ronald Doel - 1992 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 83:466-467. William Peck - 2005 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 125 (2):279-282. Light as Environment: Medicine, Health, and Values. David B. Morris - 2002 - Journal of Medical Humanities 23 (1):7-29.

Cosmic Questions Early Cosmologies The Birth of Modern Cosmology The Big Bang Model Other Cosmological Models Difficulties with the Big Bang Model Large-Scale Structure and Dark Matter Instruments and Technology Initial Conditions and Quantum Cosmolo.

The three books elicit quite different responses. Thus, I always enjoy books that set out one author's view of how everything hangs together. Ruelle's book is a wonderful example of this approach. All physicists build up their own personal pictures of how the subject hangs together, how to look at particular problems in physics, and how best to explain them to others. He is unabashed about advancing his personal prejudices as a mathematician but, in the process, conveys much of his individual creativity as a scientist.

our changing view of the universe. Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-138) and index. Adapted from Origins: the lives and worlds of modern cosmologists, by Alan Lightman and Roberta Brawer, published by Harvard University Press, 1990"-T.

In the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and lucid exploration of cosmology available today, MIT astrophysicist and science writer Alan Lightman takes the reader on a grand tour of the universe. In this slim volume he explores the history of cosmology, the theories and the evidence, the new discoveries, the outstanding questions, and the controversies.

Comments

Trash Trash
This book gives a brief outline of the different cosmic models (steady state, Big Bang, the anthropic principle) and an explanation of the instruments and techniques used to explore the cosmos.
It is a little bit out of date.
I also missed the swinging style and the speculations of John Gribbin's 'In the Beginning' or Martin Rees' 'Before the Beginning'.
For a more profound and up-to-date introduction to cosmology I recommend the more difficult book 'The elegant Universe' by Brian Greene.
Clonanau Clonanau
I first came across this book in my English class during my freshman year in college. It was very easy to read, and most of all, it was very inspirational. It's a great book to read when you're looking for something to enjoy peacefully, and yet, think about. Highly recommended!