Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. She also explores the large black holes found in the centres of galaxies, and how black holes give rise to quasars and other spectacular phenomena in the cosmos.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - . In this very short introduction, how they are characterized and discovered, Katherine Blundell addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole actually is, and what would happen if you came too close to one. She explains how black holes form and grow - by stealing material that belongs to stars, as well as how many there may be in the Universe.

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Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - It enables us to understand the structure and evolution of planetary systems, galaxies, interstellar gas, stars, and the cosmos as a whole. In this very short introduction, the leading astrophysicist james Binney shows how the field of astrophysics has expanded rapidly in the past century, with vast quantities of data gathered by telescopes exploiting all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, combined with the rapid advance of computing power, which has allowed increasingly effective mathematical modelling.

Astrophysics is the physics of the stars, and more widely the physics of the Universe. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable . This is a clear, rigorous introduction to astrophysics for those keen to cut their teeth on a conceptualtreatment involving some mathematics.

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. He illustrates how the application of fundamental principles of physics - the consideration of energy and mass, andmomentum - and the two pillars of relativity and quantum mechanics, has provided insights into phenomena ranging from rapidly spinning millisecond pulsars to the collision of giant spiral galaxies.

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Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190

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OUP Oxford #ad - 100 years ago, einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. And that was just the Special Theory. Using very little mathematics, from e=mc2 to black holes, Russell Stannard explains the important concepts of relativity, and explores the theory's impact on science and on our understanding of the universe.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our comforting newtonian ideas of space and time were replaced by bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: if you move at high speed, space squashes up and you get heavier; travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, time slows down, be squashed thinner than a CD without feeling a thing - and live for ever.

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190 #ad - With the general theorycame even stranger ideas of curved space-time, and changed our understanding of gravity and the cosmos. This authoritative and entertaining Very Short Introduction makes the theory of relativity accessible and understandable.

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Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Understanding gravity is not only essential for understanding the motion of objects on Earth, but also the motion of all celestial objects, and even the expansion of the Universe itself. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, new ideas, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

It also has the distinction of being the oldest, weakest, and most difficult force to quantize. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. He discusses einstein's theory of gravity, why gps satellites need their clocks corrected as they orbit the Earth, which now supplants Newton's, showing how it allows us to understand why the frequency of light changes as it passes through a gravitational field, and why the orbits of distant neutron stars speed up.

Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - It was the study of gravity that led Einstein to his profound realisations about the nature of space and time. Gravity is not only universal, it is also essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysical bodies within it. In this very short introduction Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity since the early observations of Kepler and Newtonian theory.

Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature. Clifton concludes by considering the testing and application of general relativity in astrophysics and cosmology, and looks at dark energy and efforts such as stringtheory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 69

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OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, complementarity, the problematic character of measurement, probabilistic physics, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. Quantum theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton.

Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 69 #ad - . Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world.

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Stars: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 322

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OUP Oxford #ad - King presents a fascinating exploration of the science of stars, from the mechanisms that allow stars to form and the processes that allow them to shine, as well as the results of their inevitable death. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Every atom of our bodies has been part of a star. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Our very own star, the Sun, is crucial to the development and sustainability of life on Earth. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Stars: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 322 #ad - . This very short introduction presents a modern, producing all the chemical elements beyond helium, sometimes spectacularly, and how they die, authoritative examination of how stars live, to end as remnants such as black holes. Andrew king shows how understanding the stars is key to understanding the galaxies they inhabit, and thus the history of our entire Universe, as well as the existence of planets like our own.

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Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 51

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OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. This book is a simple, non-technical introduction to cosmology, explaining what it is and what cosmologists do.

Peter coles discusses the history of the subject, superstrings, and more speculative modern issues like quantum cosmology, the development of the Big Bang theory, and dark matter. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Galaxies are the building blocks of the universe: standing like islands in space, around which planets form, each is made up of many hundreds of millions of stars in which the chemical elements are made, and where on at least one of those planets intelligent life has emerged. Our own galaxy, the milky way, is just one of several hundred million other galaxies that we can now observe through our telescopes.

Yet it was only in the 1920s that we realised that there is more to the Universe than the Milky Way, and that there were in fact other 'islands' out there. Since then, for example, many exciting discoveries have been made about our own galaxy andabout those beyond: how a supermassive black hole lurks at the centre of every galaxy, how distant galaxies provide a window on the early Universe, how enormous forces are released when galaxies collide, and what the formation of young galaxies can tell us about the mysteries of Cold DarkMatter.

In this very short introduction, renowned science writer John Gribbin describes the extraordinary things that astronomers are learning about galaxies, and explains how this can shed light on the origins and structure of the Universe. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. In many ways, modern astronomy began with this discovery, and the story of galaxies is therefore the story of modern astronomy.

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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109

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OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. He concludes by looking ahead to newideas about the mystery of antimatter, the number of dimensions that there might be in the universe, and to what the next 50 years of research might reveal. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Along the way he provides fascinating insights into how discoveries in particle physics have actually been made, and discusses how our picture of the world has been radically revised in the light of these developments.

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109 #ad - In this compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe, Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino.

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Nothing: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - He takes the reader on a lively and accessible history through ancient ideas and cultural superstitions to the frontiers of current research. He describes how scientists discovered that the vacuum is filled with fields; how Newton, Mach, and Einstein grappled with the nature of space and time; and how the mysterious 'aether' that was long ago supposed to permeatethe void may now be making a comeback with the latest research into the 'Higgs field'.

We now know that the vacuum is far from being empty - it seethes with virtual particles and antiparticles that erupt spontaneously into being, and it also may contain hidden dimensions that we were previously unaware of. What is 'nothing'? what remains when you take all the matter away? can empty space - a void - exist? This Very Short Introduction explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmos.

Nothing: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Frank close tells the story of how scientists have explored the elusive void, and the rich discoveries that they have made there. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. These new discoveries may provide answers to some of cosmology's most fundamental questions: what lies outside the universe, and, if there was once nothing, then how did the universe begin?ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Infinity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - But thereare many others, for example Fourier analysis and fractals. In this very short introduction, ian stewart discusses infinity in mathematics while also drawing in the various other aspects of infinity and explaining some of the major problems and insights arising from this concept. Cosmologists consider sweeping questions about whether space and time are infinite.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Infinity is an intriguing topic, with connections to religion, metaphysics, philosophy, logic, and physics as well as mathematics. Philosophers and mathematiciansranging from Zeno to Russell have posed numerous paradoxes about infinity and infinitesimals.

Infinity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, new ideas, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Its history goes back to ancient times, Eudoxus, Aristotle, with especially important contributions from Euclid, and Archimedes. The most obvious, and the first context in which major new techniques depended on formulating infinite processes, is calculus.

Many vital areas of mathematics rest upon some version of infinity. The infinitely large infinite is intimately related to the infinitely small infinitesimal. He argues that working with infinity is not just an abstract, intellectual exercise but that it is instead a concept with important practical everyday applications, and considers how mathematicians use infinity and infinitesimals to answer questions or supplytechniques that do not appear to involve the infinite.

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