The Universe at Midnight by Ken Croswell
Observations Illuminating the Cosmos

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Technology provides us with the means to look further out at the universe from our corner of it than we had ever dreamed possible. "The Universe at Midnight" tells the story of 20th-century cosmology. In this jargon-free guide to the awesome, Ken Croswell does not just simply state the answers to questions about the origin of the universe and its demise based on complicated mathematical theory. Instead he presents the dramatic story of how particular astronomers made the observations that recently have answered many of cosmology's more perplexing questions. Discoveries such as the "Great Attractor", a mass of galaxies 250 million light years away that is actually tugging at our galaxy and thousands of others, and supernovae billions of light years distant that indicate that the expansion of our universe is accelerating. This book presents a clear view of how magnificent observatories and orbiting telescopes are the future of cosmology and the key to unlocking the universe's greatest mysteries.

About Ken Croswell

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Ken Croswell earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University and is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Alchemy of the Heavens, Planet Quest, and See the Stars. He has written for the New York Times, New Scientist, Astronomy, and Sky and Telescope. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Published August 28, 2001 by Free Press. 352 pages
Genres: History, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Just as strange is the cosmological principle (i.e., a force that arises in empty space and drives the expansion of the universe), which Einstein first proposed, then rejected as “my greatest blunder.” Current models describe a universe 14 billion years old, destined to expand forever.

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Acentury ago the universe was thought to be about 30 million years old, encompassing only our own galaxy.

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Croswell's summaries of astronomical and cosmological knowledge make clear if very compact introductions to these subjects, fit to accompany the magnificent images, and divide into four segments: ""The Planets,"" ""The Stars,"" ""The Galaxies"" and ""The Universe."" Potent photographs alternate w...

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The battles to ascertain the values of three little "constants," whose importance far surpasses their size, form the center of this first-rate survey of cosmology's development over the last 100 years.

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