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The Cosmic Cycle


by Theodore P. Snow



About the Book:

    The book opens with a brief overview of the universe and then describes its major constituents, working from the largest of scales to the smallest, and covering such wonders as comets, stars, and the solar system, as well as shedding light on black holes, quasars and pulsars, extraterrestrial life, and the Big Bang. The theme throughout is the dynamic, cyclical nature of the cosmos. The final chapter summarizes the current state of knowledge about the most fundamental question of all: the future of the Universe. Is the Universe on a one-way street to oblivion or on a circular path to an infinity of rebirths? Will it eventually collapse or will it expand forever?


About the Author:

Theodore P. Snow is Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.



Dr. Snow is one of the best writers among professional astronomers today. In The Cosmic Cycle, he has combined a brief but clear exposition of contemporary astronomy with some three dozen spectacular photographs. . . . This pictorial overview of astronomy should be a delight both to laymen and to scientists.

—Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Professor of Astrophysics, Emeritus, Princeton University


Beautifully illustrated by color photographs of the astronomical systems of greatest interest. It should be read and thought about by those who usually prefer the liberal arts but want the taste the beauty of the astronomical universe, as well as by all budding students of physical science. The science is clearly presented, without equations, but covers the most modern developments.

—John N. Bahcall, Professor of Astrophysics


Production date: 1984

36 color plates; index

Size: 8 x 11 (20.3 x 27.0 cm; 109 pages, plus plates

CIP L.C. 83-15086

ISBN 978-0-87850-041-3  $14.95  Buy it at Amazon.com!