Galaxies and Cosmology / Edition 2

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Overview

Unique in its breadth of coverage and level of presentation, this revised textbook provides more on the nature of galaxies, extragalactic objects, the large-scale structure of the Universe, and cosmology than is available in general textbooks on astronomy. It remains, however, accessible to advanced undergraduate students. One or more chapters are devoted to each of the following: the classification and morphology of galaxies; the galactic interstellar medium; galactic kinematics; elliptical, spiral, and barred spiral galaxies; the interactions between galaxies; extragalactic radio sources, quasars and their line spectra, and other active galactic nuclei; the formation of galaxies; the Universe as a whole; and cosmology.

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"This, the second edition of a tried and trusted text, presents the very latest consensus of opinion on the formation, maintenance and evolution of galactic structures and cosmology. I found the style of this text very accessible and easy to read. [...] I could easily imagine the interested non-specialist getting a lot out of this book, owing to the use of mathematics as an ancillary aspect of the text. [...] it will certainly be of use to graduate students beginning their studies in cosmology and galactic astronomy." (Neil English, Astronomy Now, May 2003)
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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
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction.- 1. The Classification and Morphology of Galaxies.- 2. The Galactic Interstellar Medium.- 3. The Kinematics and Masses of Galaxies.- 4. Elliptical Galaxies.- 5. The Spiral Structure of Galaxies.- 6. Barred Galaxies.- 7. Interactions Between Galaxies.- 8. Extragalactic Radio Sources.- 9. Quasars and Other Active Nuclei.- 10. Quasar Absorption-Line Systems.- 11. The Universe on a Large Scale.- 12. The Formation of Galaxies and Large Structures in the Universe.- 13. Cosmology.- List of Constants, Notation, and Units Used.

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