Book ID: CBB559459540

Neutron Stars: The Quest to Understand the Zombies of the Cosmos (2020)


Moskvitch, Katia (Author)

Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

The astonishing science of neutron stars and the stories of the scientists who study them.Neutron stars are as bewildering as they are elusive. The remnants of exploded stellar giants, they are tiny, merely twenty kilometers across, and incredibly dense. One teaspoon of a neutron star would weigh several million tons. They can spin up to a thousand times per second, they possess the strongest magnetic fields known in nature, and they may be the source of the most powerful explosions in the universe. Through vivid storytelling and on-site reporting from observatories all over the world, Neutron Stars offers an engaging account of these still-mysterious objects.Award-winning science journalist Katia Moskvitch takes readers from the vast Atacama Desert to the arid plains of South Africa to visit the magnificent radio telescopes and brilliant scientists responsible for our knowledge of neutron stars. She recounts the exhilarating discoveries, frustrating disappointments, and heated controversies of the past several decades and explains cutting-edge research into such phenomena as colliding neutron stars and fast radio bursts: extremely powerful but ultra-short flashes in space that scientists are still struggling to understand. She also shows how neutron stars have advanced our broader understanding of the universe―shedding light on topics such as dark matter, black holes, general relativity, and the origins of heavy elements like gold and platinum―and how we might one day use these cosmic beacons to guide interstellar travel.With clarity and passion, Moskvitch describes what we are learning at the boundaries of astronomy, where stars have life beyond death.

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Authors & Contributors
Krygier, Bernard
Rieke, G. H.
Smith, Robert William
Aubin, David
Sibum, Heinz Otto
Bigg, Charlotte
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Spontaneous Generations
Research in the History of Technology
University of Arizona Press
Duke University Press
Scientific American Books
CSIRO Publishing
Springer International Publishing
Astronomical observatories
Radio astronomy
Humboldt, Alexander von
Schmidt, Brian Paul
Bracewell, Ronald N.
Wild, John Paul
Christiansen, Wilbur Norman
Mills, Bernard
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
United States
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
United States Air Force
Bonn University
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Hubble Space Telescope

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