Just what is Einstein's Theory of Relativity? The Big Bang Theory? Curvature of Spacetime? What do astronomers mean when they talk of a 'flat universe'?
This approachable and authoritative guide to the cosmos answers these questions, and more. Taking advantage of the distinctive Companion format, readers can use the extensive, cross-referenced background chapters as a fascinating and accessible introduction to the current state of cosmological knowledge - or, they can use the convenient A-Z body of entries as a quick reference to a wide range of terms and concepts. Entries include topics such as: Black Hole; Doppler Effect; Fermi, Enrico; Heat Death of the Universe; Life in the Universe; Olber's Paradox; Quantum Field Theory; Supernova; and much more.
Peter Coles is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham.
'This book is well designed and integrated, allowing readers to be as selective or comprehensive as their interest permits.' - American Reference Books Annual 2000
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'A helpful manual for students who are non-specialists in this area of investigation.' - Reviews in Religion and Theology