New PDF release: Science in the Contemporary World: An Encyclopedia

By Eric G. Swedin

ISBN-10: 1851095241

ISBN-13: 9781851095247

ISBN-10: 1851095292

ISBN-13: 9781851095292

This paintings is a special introductory A–Z source detailing the clinical achievements of the modern international and reading the most important clinical tendencies, discoveries, and personalities of the fashionable age.

• Over two hundred A–Z entries protecting subject matters starting from plate tectonics to the 1st Moon landings

• greater than forty lovely photos delivering a special pictorial chronicle of the achievements of contemporary science

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Wheeler (1911–), Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910–1995), Stephen Hawking (1942–), and Roger Penrose (1931–) are important theorists on black holes. In 1971 an orbiting satellite observatory detected intense x-rays from a binary system in the constellation Cygnus. Many astronomers believe that a black hole (called Cygnus X-1) is in orbit around a blue supergiant some 6,000 light-years away in our own galaxy, sucking material away from its companion star and causing a lot of x-ray noise in the process.

S. West created dams and waterworks to control flooding and open up new lands to irrigation. Since 1950, projects in Egypt, the Soviet Union, and India have emulated these American successes. Poor farming practices and erratic climate patterns have also dramatically increased the amount of land lost to desertification and increased silt runoff into rivers. Desertification has been so bad in Africa that, with accompanying population increases, Africa actually grew less food per person at the end of the century than the continent produced in 1960.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration) elements were created in a steady-state universe, Hoyle and his associates showed that a nuclear process in stars called nucleosynthesis turned lighter chemical elements into heavier elements. The equations of relativity and quantum mechanics predicted that some stars might collapse into neutron stars, where matter was packed so tightly by gravity that atoms collapsed into their constituent parts. The discovery of pulsars inclined scientists to suspect that black holes might also exist.

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