Galaxies and Cosmology / Edition 2

Galaxies and Cosmology / Edition 2

by Francoise COMBES, Patrick Boisse, Alain Mazure, Alain Blanchard
     
 

ISBN-10: 3642075428

ISBN-13: 9783642075421

Pub. Date: 12/10/2010

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Cosmology is the study of nature on the grandest scale we know: that of the Universe itself. This successful and class-tested textbook covers all the essentials: galaxies, their formation, morphology, dynamics, stellar and gaseous structure, and interactions; radio sources, quasars, and other galactic nuclei and their spectra and absorption-line systems;

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Cosmology is the study of nature on the grandest scale we know: that of the Universe itself. This successful and class-tested textbook covers all the essentials: galaxies, their formation, morphology, dynamics, stellar and gaseous structure, and interactions; radio sources, quasars, and other galactic nuclei and their spectra and absorption-line systems; and the interstellar medium and the Universe on a large scale — in short, all of extragalactic astronomy. The emphasis throughout is on data acquired at all wavelengths, thanks to modern observational techniques, and on the concepts relevant to each type of object. The authors present the thinking that lies at the heart of the newest theories and developments, including the formation of stars and spiral and barred structures, the origin of absorption lines, the properties of galaxies, and recent inflationary theories in cosmology.
Thanks to considerable progress in telescope technology in recent years, galaxies are now observed with an enlarged look-back time, and astronomers have begun recently to trace the history of star formation. These major advances are included in this revised and updated edition, together with further updates in critical areas of galactic astronomy and cosmology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642075421
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
12/10/2010
Series:
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2001
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
0.94(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction1
1The Classification and Morphology of Galaxies5
2The Galactic Interstellar Medium33
3The Kinematics and Masses of Galaxies69
4Elliptical Galaxies91
5The Spiral Structure of Galaxies113
6Barred Galaxies149
7Interactions Between Galaxies181
8Extragalactic Radio Sources225
9Quasars and Other Active Nuclei259
10Quasar Absorption-Line Systems289
11The Universe on a Large Scale315
12The Formation of Galaxies and Large Structures in the Universe361
13Cosmology393
List of Constants, Notation, and Units Used437
Index439

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