On the Cosmic Horizon
Ten Great Mysteries for Third Millennium AstronomyBook - 2001
Share the wonder of the ten great mysteries of 21st century astronomy -- with an astronomer as your guide!
- Are we alone? What is the fate of the universe?
- Is the inflationary big bang theory true? What is the universe really made of?
- Compelling explanations for any educated reader -- even those with no science or math background!
Jeffrey O. Bennett is Research Associate at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy in Boulder, CO, and holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado. As Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA, he guided the creation of NASA's Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy (IDEA). Later, he led the creation of the Colorado Scale Model Solar System, a 1-to-10 billion scale model of the solar system; he is now co-leader of a project to build a similar scale model on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in a cooperative effort with the Smithsonian Institution, the Challenger Center, and NASA. He is author of two Addison Wesley books for non-scientists: The Cosmic Perspective and Using and Understanding Mathematics.
Some people like to look at stars; some like to look at photos of the inside of the Super-K neutrino detector in Japan before it was filled with water. This book is for both types of folks. The ten mysteries include some of the most basic questions (e.g., what is the universe made of and is there life elsewhere in our solar system), as well as some that are a little more unusual (e.g., where are the sun's neutrinos and what makes gamma ray bursts?). Bennett is a dedicated popularizer of science and holds a Ph.D in astrophysics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)