In Astronomy’s Limitless Journey, astrophysicist Günther Hasinger takes the reader on a journey to the far reaches of the universe?an exciting time travel that begins with the incredibly hot fireball of the Big Bang roughly 13.8 billion years ago and ends in distant eons with its cold, dark demise. In between lie the times in which extensive structures, galaxies, stars, and planets form. As the field of astrophysics and cosmology experiences a “golden age” due to larger telescopes, faster computers, and more sophisticated algorithms, fundamental changes are taking place in our understanding of space and time and of the origin and future of our universe. Hasinger thoroughly explains these fascinating revelations and describes the methods utilized in modern astrophysics. He cautions, however, that the boundaries between knowledge and ignorance shift constantly; where our knowledge is so incomplete such that we can only speculate, the journey becomes shaky. Indeed, every new discovery opens a further door to the unknown and with every answered question, we discover more locked doors still to be opened.
The book is published by University of Hawai‘i Press.
“An excellent and captivating book that explains clearly our current understanding of the universe.” (Fred K. Y. Lo, director emeritus of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
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- Stephen F. Brownell
- 10 01 2018
A good summary of the state of astrophysics
Decent writing and explanations of the universe such as we know it. Approachable for anyone but even people familiar with the current science will learn much. Fantastic narration as well really added to the experience.