Turn Right at Orion

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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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Qualitative intro to astrophysics in the form of a tale of a voyage around the Milky Way. Ler resenha completa

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To the Center of the Milky Way?
18
En Route
23
A Ballet
31
Ground Zero
37
MOTION
45
The Cannibal
46
Black Hole with a Mission
51
SS 433
60
Virgin Worlds
153
EVOLUTION
162
The Blob
163
Divining the Interior
169
Nuclear Alchemy
173
The Dumbbell
177
Leaving Home
186
Outposts in the Halo
192

EQUILIBRIUM
72
ShangriLa
73
The SoftShell Crab
77
Crab II
81
Strange Light
86
The Ends of Equilibrium
96
BIRTH
105
Orion
106
By the Back Door
109
Trapezium
117
Points of Darkness Shafts of Light
124
The Dust Storm
133
The Shepherd
143
Finishing Touches
149
The Explosion
196
Aftermath
203
Afterthoughts
210
HIERARCHY
216
Really Leaving Home
217
A City of Galaxies
223
Brobdingnag
230
Reprise
235
On the Brink
241
Acknowledgments
247
Glossary
249
Index
254
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