Thirteen physicists and astronomers, many of them Nobel Prize winners and directors of leading institutes, review the most important and timely issues in astrophysics today. Stresses accomplishments of observational and theoretical work. Demonstrates how to unlock the secrets of the distant stars and galaxies by applying the basic principles of physics. Pinpoints conflicting views and findings on important topics, thus revealing the inadequacy of our current understanding in these areas. Indicates possibilities for future research in the fast-paced field of modern astrophysics.
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