'The content is presented in a colloquial style that is easy to understand and interesting to read. It is supported by numerous colour figures and pictures. Thanks to the excellent quality of the paper and the print, the pictures are indeed pleasing to look at … The text is self-contained as much as possible. It can be recommended to any scientifically interested reader who wants an overview of the universe, what is in it, and of the methods and instruments in use for the investigations science undertakes to acquire this knowledge.'
This popular science book offers a glimpse into a plethora of extreme cosmic phenomena in which the theories of modern physics, particularly quantum mechanics and general relativity, play a key role. Despite their vastly different appearances, these cosmic phenomena have much in common: they are all powered by exotic stars — black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs — collectively called compact objects.The book describes, in accessible language, the physics underlying these phenomena, the historical background that led to their discovery, and the various observational techniques used by astronomers for their exposure. The book contains many spectacular photographs taken with modern telescopes around the world and satellites of different space agencies, as well as illustrations specially prepared by the author to enhance the reading experience.
No of Pages: 316
Imprint: World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd
Publication date: 20180521