Galactic Astronomy / Edition 1

Galactic Astronomy / Edition 1

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by James Binney, Michael Merrifield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691025657

ISBN-13: 9780691025650

Pub. Date: 08/17/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This is the definitive treatment of the phenomenology of galaxies—a clear and comprehensive volume that takes full account of the extraordinary recent advances in the field. The book supersedes the classic text Galactic Astronomy that James Binney wrote with Dimitri Mihalas, and complements Galactic Dynamics by Binney and Scott Tremaine. It will be invaluable

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This is the definitive treatment of the phenomenology of galaxies—a clear and comprehensive volume that takes full account of the extraordinary recent advances in the field. The book supersedes the classic text Galactic Astronomy that James Binney wrote with Dimitri Mihalas, and complements Galactic Dynamics by Binney and Scott Tremaine. It will be invaluable to researchers and is accessible to any student who has a background in undergraduate physics.

The book draws on observations both of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and of external galaxies. The two sources are complementary, since the former tends to be highly detailed but difficult to interpret, while the latter is typically poorer in quality but conceptually simpler to understand. Binney and Merrifield introduce all astronomical concepts necessary to understand the properties of galaxies, including coordinate systems, magnitudes and colors, the phenomenology of stars, the theory of stellar and chemical evolution, and the measurement of astronomical distances. The book's core covers the phenomenology of external galaxies, star clusters in the Milky Way, the interstellar media of external galaxies, gas in the Milky Way, the structure and kinematics of the stellar components of the Milky Way, and the kinematics of external galaxies.

Throughout, the book emphasizes the observational basis for current understanding of galactic astronomy, with references to the original literature. Offering both new information and a comprehensive view of its subject, it will be an indispensable source for professionals, as well as for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691025650
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/17/1998
Series:
Princeton Series in Astrophysics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
850
Sales rank:
1,292,432
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Galaxies: an overview
1.1Introduction
1.2A brief history of galactic astronomy
2Astronomical Measurements
2.1Positions, motions and coordinate systems
2.2Distances determined from velocities
2.3Magnitudes and colors
2.4Gravitational lensing
2.5Archival data and catalogs
3The Properties of Stars
3.1The masses of stars
3.2The radii of stars
3.3Classification of stars
3.4Physical interpretation of stellar spectra
3.5Color-magnitude diagrams
3.6The stellar luminosity function
3.7Interstellar dust
4Morphology of Galaxies
4.1Morphological classification of galaxies
4.2Surface photometry of galaxies
4.3Photometry of elliptical galaxies
4.4Photometry of disk galaxies
4.5Globular cluster systems
4.6Abnormal galaxies
5Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations
5.1Stellar evolution and the CM diagram
5.2Synthesis of the chemical elements
5.3Models of chemical enrichment
5.4Evolution of stellar populations
6Star clusters
6.1Globular clusters
6.2Open clusters
7The Cosmic Distance Scale
7.1An introduction to cosmology
7.2Absolute distance estimators
7.3Relative distance estimators
7.4Results
8The Interstellar Media of Galaxies
8.1How interstellar matter is detected
8.2The ISM in disk galaxies
8.3The ISM in elliptical galaxies
8.4Intergalactic gas
9The Milky Way's ISM
9.1The kinematics of differential rotation
9.2The large-scale distribution of HI and CO
9.3Other tracers of the ISM
9.4The central disk
9.5The nucleus
9.6Small-scale structure of the ISM
10Components of the Milky Way
10.1Gross structure from surface photometry
10.2The bulge
10.3Kinematics of stars near the Sun
10.4The structure of the stellar disk
10.5The halo
10.6Galaxy models
10.7Formation and evolution of the Milky Way
11Stellar Kinematics in External Galaxies
11.1Measuring the kinematics of external galaxies
11.2The stellar kinematics of elliptical galaxies
11.3The stellar kinematics of disk galaxies
App. AGravitational deflection of light
App. BImportant astronomical catalogs
App. CRichardson-Lucy deconvolution
App. DUseful numbers
References
Index

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Galactic Astronomy 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are three specific areas in which this book fails. I will address them in turn: 1) The information is way out of date. Although the publishing date is recent, the authors have made very little attempt to present the major advances that have occurred in this science over the last few years. As a result of this problem, there is some critical information in the book that is simply inaccurate. The information reflects understandings that are five to ten years old - not what we know today. 2) The writing style is very difficult to follow. The authors seem to think they are writing for their fellow professional astronomers, not for students. They don't explain the concepts sufficiently and they end up leaving the reader confused and disappointed. 3) About half the pages are mostly mathematics. This is fine if you understand advanced math and you can follow the authors reasoning. The problem is that as I closely checked the math I found glaring errors in it. On just about every few pages there would be a math error. This makes it that much more difficult to understand the information. I would suggest you save your money - and frustration! Find a better book.