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Jay Pasachoff,Hyron Spinrad and Patrick Osmer

The farthest things in the universe

When we look into space, it is natural to try to push our observing techniques in order to see as far as possible. The Farthest things in the universe is an account of what astronomers have found when they do this. The book is composed of four chapters, each written by an expert in the subject. The first chapter, by Jay M. Pasachoff, introduces the reader to the expansion of the universe, and describes the methods used to determine the distances of objects. In the second chapter Ed Cheng describes the Cosmological Microwave background radiation, and looks at what it tells us about the early universe.

The third chapter, by Patrick S. Osmar, is about quasars, and how they are used to probe the universe. In the final chapter Hyron Spinrad describes the study of the formation of galaxies, which requires the observation of the most distant galaxies.

The book isn't difficult to follow, but it is a bit more academic than most popular cosmology books. It is also more than ten years out of date in a fast moving field, so I wouldn't recommend it for beginners in the subject. It would be more suited to those who have read some of the popular cosmology books and want to read something which is more related to actual research. In particular the chapters on quasars and early galaxies provide material which tends to be lacking in most popular accounts of the subject.

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The quest for the farthest objects in the Universe remains one of the most challenging areas of modern astronomical research. Peering deeper and deeper into space reveals the most distant and powerful objects known and so unveils the embryonic epochs of the Universe not long after its birth in the Big Bang. Four world experts--chosen for their ability to communicate research astronomy at a popular level--each contributes a chapter to this lucid survey. They address the fundamental issues of scale in the Universe; the ghostly etchings seen on the cosmic background radiation; quasars and their evolution; and galaxy birth. This fascinating and accessible account offers an exceptional chance for the general audience to share in the excitement of today's forefront research of the early Universe.