Turn Right at Orion
Basic Books, 6 de set de 2000 - 264 páginas
This ingenious book is the account of an epic astronomical journey, a tale told by an early-twenty-first-century human sailor among the stars. The account is discovered, as an alien "translator's note" reveals, sixty million years in earth's future--the product of one man's amazing, revelatory, and occasionally perilous space odyssey. Astrophysicist Mitchell Begelman takes the reader to far-distant shores, across a vast ocean of time, in a narrative that zips along at just below light speed. We travel to the center of the Milky Way, witness the births and deaths of stars, almost perish in the crushing forces at the perimeter of a black hole--and all the while Begelman explains in clear and vibrant prose the way things work in the cosmos. A powerful imaginative work that is thoroughly grounded both in history and in the latest in astrophysical thinking and observation, Turn Right at Orion is serious science that reads like fiction.
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To the Center of the Milky Way?
Black Hole with a Mission
Divining the Interior
Outposts in the Halo
The SoftShell Crab
The Ends of Equilibrium
By the Back Door
Points of Darkness Shafts of Light
The Dust Storm
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