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Astronomers' Universe
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The Future of the Universe

Authors: Meadows, A.J.

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About this book

A lot has been written about the history of the universe, from the Big Bang through the evolution of galaxies and stars, to the eventual appearance of life and intelligence.

Much less has been written about what comes next.

What will happen to the planets, stars, and galaxies in the distant future as the universe matures and ages? And closer to home, what will happen to mankind, and to any other intelligent life that may exist on other worlds?

Informed scientific speculation about these biggest of all questions is difficult but by no means impossible, and The Future of the Universe brings together current thinking on the subject. Beginning with a searching look at how our own Sun will probably evolve and the effect this will have on the planets of the solar system, Jack Meadows then turns his spotlight on the stars, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. Finally he considers the various possible fates of the universe itself, and looks at our present understanding of this ultimate enigma.

About the authors

Jack Meadows was formerly Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Leicester University, UK. He is now Emeritus Professor of Information Science at Loughborough University, UK.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"A. J. Meadow’s Future of the Universe tracks not only the plan of the cosmos as a whole, but a host of futures. … Overall … I can easily recommend this book. It’s not only about the future – it’s a good primer on just about everything." (Rebecca Johnson, Sky & Telescope, August, 2007)

"The book reads easily and the language is simple. … the reader is left not only with a good clear picture of the past, present, and future of the relevant subject but also looking forward to the next instalment. … a satisfying and thought-provoking review of current cosmology, informative for the layman and capable by its brevity of inspiring some degree of lateral thinking for the serious astronomer. It has nine colour plates, an index, and advice for further reading, and I recommend it unreservedly." (Colin Cooke, The Observatory, Vol. 127 (1200), October, 2007)

"The future of everything, from the Earth to the entire Universe. … this book covers a huge range of speculations about the future of our Universe and its contents – particularly the Earth – in one volume. That, in itself, makes the Future Of The Universe a notable work. Dealing with the long-term fate of the Universe, this work deals with scenarios, such as the Big Rip, in which runaway expansion tears creation to shreds. These sections are well written … . A fascinating book. " (Marcus Chown, BBC Sky at Night, May, 2007)

"This book is a popular text about the future of the Universe. Its author was of astronomy and history of science, and so he is able to present very carefully chosen questions, where one is able to give realistic answers … . it also serves as very well founded source of knowledge about the present state of the solar system: the development of the sun and the planets, their magnetic fields, the conditions for a possible development of life at other planets etc." (Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1106 (8), 2007)

"In this welcome addition to the ‘Astronomer’s Universe’ series, Meadows, retired professor of astronomy and the history of science (Loughborough Univ., UK), offers a well-documented book taking readers on a fascinating journey through space and time, with time and distance measured on a scale of millions, billions, and trillions. … Nine color plates depict dramatic images; bibliographic sources are arranged by chapter to better facilitate readers seeking additional information on topics of interest. Summing Up: Recommended. General reader; lower-division undergraduates through professionals." (R. C. Jackman, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (11), August, 2007)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: To Begin With

    Pages 1-8

  • The Heat of the Sun

    Pages 9-27

  • The Mobile Earth

    Pages 29-45

  • The Earth’s Oceans and Atmosphere

    Pages 47-68

  • Magnetic Earth and Magnetic Sun

    Pages 69-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Future of the Universe
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84628-719-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84628-719-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-85233-946-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84996-968-0
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 175
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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