Mapping the Heavens

Mapping the Heavens

A theoretical astrophysicist explores the ideas that transformed our knowledge of the universe over the past century. The cosmos, once understood as a stagnant place, filled with the ordinary, is now a universe that is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Priyamvada Natarajan, our guide to these ideas, is someone at the forefront of the research—an astrophysicist who literally creates maps of invisible matter in the universe. She not only explains for a wide audience the science behind these essential ideas but also provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance. The formation and growth of black holes, dark matter halos, the accelerating expansion of the universe, the echo of the big bang, the discovery of exoplanets, and the possibility of other universes—these are some of the puzzling cosmological topics of the early twenty-first century. Natarajan discusses why the acceptance of new ideas about the universe and our place in it has never been linear and always contested even within the scientific community. And she affirms that, shifting and incomplete as science always must be, it offers the best path we have toward making sense of our wondrous, mysterious universe. “Part history, part science, all illuminating. If you want to understand the greatest ideas that shaped our current cosmic cartography, read this book.”—Adam G. Riess, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2011 “A highly readable, insider’s view of recent discoveries in astronomy with unusual attention to the instruments used and the human drama of the scientists.”—Alan Lightman, author of The Accidental Universe and Einstein's Dream

Download Now

Author
Publisher Yale University Press
Release Date
ISBN 0300221126
Pages 317 pages
Rating 4/5 (21 users)

More Books:

Mapping the Heavens
Language: en
Pages: 317
Authors: Priyamvada Natarajan
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-28 - Publisher: Yale University Press

A theoretical astrophysicist explores the ideas that transformed our knowledge of the universe over the past century. The cosmos, once understood as a stagnant
The Mapping of the Heavens
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: Peter Whitfield
Categories: Astronomy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher:

Throughout history people have sought ways in which to 'map' the heavens. From the sources of mathematics and mythology sprang the classic star chart, the fines
The Galaxy
Language: en
Pages: 886
Authors: William Conant Church
Categories: American literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1872 - Publisher:

The Horizons of Christopher Columbus: Using the Heavens to Map America
Language: en
Pages: 258
Authors: Arne Molander
Categories: America
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Lulu.com

Tycho Brahe
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: William J. Boerst
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub

Presents the life and work of the famous sixteenth-century Danish astronomer.
The Mapping of the Heavens
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: Peter Whitfield
Categories: Technology & Engineering
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: Pomegranate

Throughout history, people have sought ways in which to "map" the heavens. These efforts have often resulted in very beautiful documents. The Mapping of the Hea
The Map of Heaven
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Eben Alexander
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-10-07 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Looks at the experiences of people who have had near death experiences and compares it to religious and philosophical beliefs about the afterlife from around th
Mapping the Planets and Space
Language: en
Pages: 56
Authors: Martyn Bramwell
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Lerner Publications

Explains what our study of outer space has revealed to us about the planets and other heavenly bodies.
Maps of Heaven, Maps of Hell
Language: en
Pages: 253
Authors: Edward Ingebretsen
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-16 - Publisher: Routledge

From its beginnings in Puritan sermonising to its prominent place in contemporary genre film and fiction, this book traces the use of terror in the American pop
A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Alexander Boxer
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-01-14 - Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

An illuminating look at the surprising history and science of astrology, civilization’s first system of algorithms, from Babylon to the present day. Humans ar