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OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Galaxies are the building blocks of the universe: standing like islands in space, around which planets form, each is made up of many hundreds of millions of stars in which the chemical elements are made, and where on at least one of those planets intelligent life has emerged.

Our own galaxy, the milky way, is just one of several hundred million other galaxies that we can now observe through our telescopes. In many ways, modern astronomy began with this discovery, and the story of galaxies is therefore the story of modern astronomy. Since then, many exciting discoveries have been made about our own galaxy andabout those beyond: how a supermassive black hole lurks at the centre of every galaxy, how enormous forces are released when galaxies collide, how distant galaxies provide a window on the early Universe, for example, and what the formation of young galaxies can tell us about the mysteries of Cold DarkMatter.

Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - In this very short introduction, renowned science writer John Gribbin describes the extraordinary things that astronomers are learning about galaxies, and explains how this can shed light on the origins and structure of the Universe. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Yet it was only in the 1920s that we realised that there is more to the Universe than the Milky Way, and that there were in fact other 'islands' out there.

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Stars: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 322

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OUP Oxford #ad - This very short introduction presents a modern, authoritative examination of how stars live, producing all the chemical elements beyond helium, sometimes spectacularly, and how they die, to end as remnants such as black holes. Andrew king shows how understanding the stars is key to understanding the galaxies they inhabit, and thus the history of our entire Universe, as well as the existence of planets like our own.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. King presents a fascinating exploration of the science of stars, from the mechanisms that allow stars to form and the processes that allow them to shine, as well as the results of their inevitable death. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Stars: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 322 #ad - Our very own star, the Sun, is crucial to the development and sustainability of life on Earth. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Every atom of our bodies has been part of a star.

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Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - She also explores the large black holes found in the centres of galaxies, and how black holes give rise to quasars and other spectacular phenomena in the cosmos. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. In this very short introduction, how they are characterized and discovered, including what a black hole actually is, Katherine Blundell addresses a variety of questions, and what would happen if you came too close to one.

She explains how black holes form and grow - by stealing material that belongs to stars, as well as how many there may be in the Universe. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - . Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature.

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Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - This is a clear, rigorous introduction to astrophysics for those keen to cut their teeth on a conceptualtreatment involving some mathematics. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. He illustrates how the application of fundamental principles of physics - the consideration of energy and mass, andmomentum - and the two pillars of relativity and quantum mechanics, has provided insights into phenomena ranging from rapidly spinning millisecond pulsars to the collision of giant spiral galaxies.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable . Astrophysics is the physics of the stars, and more widely the physics of the Universe.

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - It enables us to understand the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, interstellar gas, galaxies, and the cosmos as a whole. In this very short introduction, with vast quantities of data gathered by telescopes exploiting all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, combined with the rapid advance of computing power, the leading astrophysicist James Binney shows how the field of astrophysics has expanded rapidly in the past century, which has allowed increasingly effective mathematical modelling.

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Planets: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, analysis, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. He looks at rocky planets and the Moon, giant planets and their satellites, and how the surfaces have been sculpted by geology, weather, and impacts. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Rothery gives an overview of the origin, including the controversial issues of what qualifies as a planet, nature, and evolution of our Solar System, and what conditions are required for a planetary body to be habitable by life.

Planets: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - This very short introduction looks deep into space and describes the worlds that make up our Solar System: terrestrial planets, dwarf planets and various other objects such as satellites moons, giant planets, asteroids and Trans-Neptunian objects. It considers how our knowledge has advanced over the centuries, and how it has expanded at a growing rate in recent years.

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Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - It also has the distinction of being the oldest, weakest, and most difficult force to quantize. Understanding gravity is not only essential for understanding the motion of objects on Earth, but also the motion of all celestial objects, and even the expansion of the Universe itself. It was the study of gravity that led Einstein to his profound realisations about the nature of space and time.

Gravity is not only universal, it is also essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysical bodies within it. In this very short introduction Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity since the early observations of Kepler and Newtonian theory.

Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Clifton concludes by considering the testing and application of general relativity in astrophysics and cosmology, and looks at dark energy and efforts such as stringtheory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

. Today, almost 100 years after Einstein published his theory of gravity, we have even detected the waves of gravitational radiation that he predicted. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. He discusses einstein's theory of gravity, showing how it allows us to understand why the frequency of light changes as it passes through a gravitational field, why GPS satellites need their clocks corrected as they orbit the Earth, which now supplants Newton's, and why the orbits of distant neutron stars speed up.

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Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190

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100 years ago, einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics. With the general theorycame even stranger ideas of curved space-time, and changed our understanding of gravity and the cosmos. This authoritative and entertaining Very Short Introduction makes the theory of relativity accessible and understandable.

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190 #ad - And that was just the Special Theory. Using very little mathematics, russell stannard explains the important concepts of relativity, from E=mc2 to black holes, and explores the theory's impact on science and on our understanding of the universe. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 69

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OUP Oxford #ad - Quantum theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, complementarity, probabilistic physics, the problematic character of measurement, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed.

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Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 51

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OUP Oxford #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Peter coles discusses the history of the subject, superstrings, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more speculative modern issues like quantum cosmology, and dark matter.

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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109

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OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Along the way he provides fascinating insights into how discoveries in particle physics have actually been made, and discusses how our picture of the world has been radically revised in the light of these developments.

. He concludes by looking ahead to newideas about the mystery of antimatter, the number of dimensions that there might be in the universe, and to what the next 50 years of research might reveal. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109 #ad - In this compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe, Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino.

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Light: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Turning to the future of optics, Walmsley concludes by looking at some of the most exciting new developments using quantum light sources in communications and computing. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

. Light enables us to see the world around us. We now use the whole range of electromagnetic radiation to peer both into the human body and deep into space. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. He also describes the many applications of light, such asmicrowaves, DVDs, domestic and scientific, and lasers.

Light: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Our sense of sight provides us with direct information about space and time, the physical arrangement of the world, and how it changes. But the light we see is just a small part of the whole spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, ranging from radio waves to gamma rays. In this very short introduction ian walmsley discusses early attempts to explain light, and the development of apparently opposing particulate and wave theories by scientists such as Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens.

This almost universal shared sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light across the ages. He shows how light was recognized as an electromagnetic wave in the 19th century, and the development of the quantum mechanics view of wave-particle duality in the 20th century.

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