Discovery of Cosmic Fractals

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World Scientific, 2002 - 373 páginas
This is the first book to present the fascinating new results on the largest fractal structures in the universe. It guides the reader, in a simple way, to the frontiers of astronomy, explaining how fractals appear in cosmic physics, from our solar system to the megafractals in deep space. It also offers a personal view of the history of the idea of self-similarity and of cosmological principles, from Plato's ideal architecture of the heavens to Mandelbrot's fractals in the modern physical cosmos. In addition, this invaluable book presents the great fractal debate in astronomy (after Luciano Pietronero's first fractal analysis of the galaxy universe), which illustrates how new concepts and deeper observations reveal unexpected aspects of Nature.

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Good account of astronomy and cosmology, providing a platform for the authors' agendas of claiming that galaxies are arranged in a fractal structure (thus challenging the usual Cosmological Principle) and lauding the accomplishments of little-known Scandinavian astronomers. Leer comentario completo

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The birth of cosmological principles
3
The gate into cosmic order
21
The Paradoxal Universe of Sir Isaac
41
protofractals
53
The new world of relativity and quantum forces
69
Gravity the enigmatic creator of order
89
The law of redshift in the kingdom of galaxies
109
The triumph of uniformity in cosmology
129
Expansion and curvature of space
193
from dream to science
215
The charm of selfsimilarity
229
planets stardust dark haloes
247
Redshift the quiet cosmographer
269
Fractal structure of the galaxy universe
295
The Origins of Megafractals
329
Appendix A
359

The mysterious singularity
151
Dark matter the grey eminence
171
Dark energy the new emperor
183
The classical electron and gravitational radiuses
360
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