Singapore ; Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific Pub. Co., c2014.
xiii, 350 p. : ill. (some col.).
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-338) and indexes.
1. Prologue. 2. Classical cosmological paradigm. 2.1. Astronomy in the first half of the 20th century. 2.2. History of Estonia, my family roots, and Tartu Observatory
3. Galactic models and dark matter in the solar vicinity. 3.1. Early Galactic models. 3.2. New Galactic models. 3.3. Tartu Observatory in the 1960's
4. Global dark matter. 4.1. The discovery of global dark matter. 4.2. The confirmation of the presence of global dark matter. 4.3. Dark matter in galaxies. 4.4. Tartu Observatory in the 1970's
5. The cosmic web. 5.1. Early studies of spatial distribution of galaxies. 5.2. The discovery of the cosmic web. 5.3. Tartu Observatory in the early 1980's
6. The nature of dark matter. 6.1. Baryonic dark matter. 6.2. Non-baryonic dark matter. 6.3. Alternatives to dark matter. 6.4. Tartu Observatory in the late 1980's
7. The structure of the cosmic web. 7.1. Quantitative characteristics. 7.2. Redshift surveys and catalogues. 7.3. Elements of the cosmic web. 7.4. Tartu Observatory in the 1990's
8. Cosmic inflation, dark energy and the evolution of the Universe. 8.1. The birth of the Universe and inflation. 8.2. Structure formation in Hot, Cold and Lambda models. 8.3. The formation and evolution of the cosmic web. 8.4. Dark energy. 8.5. Remembering contacts with colleagues. 8.6. Tartu Observatory and my life in the 2000's
The concepts of dark matter and the cosmic web are some of the most significant developments in cosmology in the past century. They have decisively changed the classical cosmological paradigm, which was first elaborated upon during the first half of the 20th century but ran into serious problems in the second half. Today, they are integral parts of modern cosmology, which explains everything from the Big Bang to inflation to the large scale structure of the Universe. Dark Matter and Cosmic Web Story describes the contributions that led to a paradigm shift from the Eastern point of view. It describes the problems with the classical view, the attempts to solve them, the difficulties encountered by those solutions, and the conferences where the merits of the new concepts were debated. Amidst the science, the story of scientific work in a small country occupied by the Soviet Union and the tumultuous events that led to its breakup are detailed as well. This book is accompanied by a website which contains additional material: copies of the originals of some crucial papers, astronomical movies, and movies which showcase the private life of the author.
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