search for books and compare prices
cover image
The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos
Price
Store
Arrives
Preparing
Shipping
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date March 16, 2004
Pages 312
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691117423
ISBN-10 069111742X
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $32.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

The Extravagant Universe tells the story of a remarkable adventure of scientific discovery. One of the world's leading astronomers, Robert Kirshner, takes readers inside a lively research team on the quest that led them to an extraordinary cosmological discovery: the expansion of the universe is accelerating under the influence of a dark energy that makes space itself expand. In addition to sharing the story of this exciting discovery, Kirshner also brings the science up-to-date in a new epilogue. He explains how the idea of an accelerating universe--once a daring interpretation of sketchy data--is now the standard assumption in cosmology today.


This measurement of dark energy--a quality of space itself that causes cosmic acceleration--points to a gaping hole in our understanding of fundamental physics. In 1917, Einstein proposed the "cosmological constant" to explain a static universe. When observations proved that the universe was expanding, he cast this early form of dark energy aside. But recent observations described first-hand in this book show that the cosmological constant--or something just like it--dominates the universe's mass and energy budget and determines its fate and shape.


Warned by Einstein's blunder, and contradicted by the initial results of a competing research team, Kirshner and his colleagues were reluctant to accept their own result. But, convinced by evidence built on their hard-earned understanding of exploding stars, they announced their conclusion that the universe is accelerating in February 1998. Other lines of inquiry and parallel supernova research now support a new synthesis of a cosmos dominated by dark energy but also containing several forms of dark matter. We live in an extravagant universe with a surprising number of essential ingredients: the real universe we measure is not the simplest one we could imagine.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780691058627
 
from Princeton Univ Pr (September 1, 2002)
9780691058627 | details & prices | 320 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $42.00
About: Describes the scientific research that led to the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe, the discovery and measurement of the dark energy that causes cosmic acceleration, and the implications of these findings in terms of modern physicsand cosmology.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780691117423 Book cover for 9780691173184
 
Reprint edition from Princeton Univ Pr (September 27, 2016)
9780691173184 | details & prices | 304 pages | List price $19.95
About: The Extravagant Universe tells the story of a remarkable adventure of scientific discovery.
The price comparison is for this edition
from Princeton Univ Pr (March 16, 2004)
9780691117423 | details & prices | 312 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $32.95
About: The Extravagant Universe tells the story of a remarkable adventure of scientific discovery.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.