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First book to provide a complete overview of the GRB story at the research level
Explains to the reader the importance of GRBs in the context of modern astrophysics and cosmology
Details the discovery and subsequent development in our understanding of GRBs
Describes the astronomical phenomenon of GRBs and the various models which may explain these highly energetic and enigmatic objects
Since their discovery was first announced in 1973, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) have been among the most fascination objects in the universe. While the initial mystery has gone, the fascination continues, sustained by the close connection linking GRBs with some of the most fundamental topics in modern astrophysics and cosmology. Both authors have been active in GRB observations for over two decades and have produced an outstanding account on both the history and the perspectives of GRB research.
The early times.- The BATSE decade.- BeppoSAX and the afterglow era.- HETE-2 and Swift.- Gamma-ray bursts—fireballs and blastwaves.- Gamma-ray burst afterglows.- Early afterglows: the Swift revolution.- Progenitors.- Perspectives in gamma-ray burst science.