The Chemically Controlled Cosmos
Astronomical Molecules from the Big Bang to Exploding Stars
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Chemically Controlled Cosmos by T. W. Hartquist
Book DescriptionMolecules in the early Universe acted as natural temperature regulators, keeping the primordial gas cool and, in turn, allowing galaxies and stars to be born. Even now, such similarly simple chemistry continues to control a wide variety of the exotic objects that populate our cosmos. What are the tools of the trade for the cosmic chemist? What can they teach us about the Universe we live in? These are the questions answered in this engaging and informative guide, The Chemically Controlled Cosmos. In clear, non-technical terms, and without formal mathematics, we learn how to study and understand the behaviour of molecules in a host of astronomical situations. We study the secretive formation of stars deep within interstellar clouds, the origin of our own Solar System, the cataclysmic deaths of many massive stars that explode as supernovae, and the hearts of active galactic nuclei, the most powerful objects in the Universe. We are given an accessible introduction to a wealth of astrophysics, and an understanding of how cosmic chemistry facilitates the investigation of many of the most exciting questions concerning astronomy today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521056373
(244mm x 170mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author T. W. Hartquist
Molecular Astrophysics, Paperback (July 2005)
This introduction to molecular astrophysics gives an excellent up-to-date summary of the knowledge and outstanding questions in the field.
Molecular Astrophysics of Stars and Galaxies, Hardback (November 1998)
This work provides a comprehensive survey of modern molecular astrophysics. It includes an introduction to molecular spectroscopy and then addresses the main areas of current molecular astrophysics, including galaxy formation, star forming regions, mass loss from young as well as highly evolved stars and supernovae and more.
Chemically Controlled Cosmos, Hardback (December 1995)» View all books by T. W. Hartquist
A clear, non-technical guide to a wealth of the most exciting astrophysics studied today, and to the role of cosmic chemistry in the Universe.
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