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Overview


For the past twelve billion years, galaxies have governed the Universe, bringing form to the firmament, light to the void. Each one a giant system of as many as hundreds of billions of stars, the galaxies are the building blocks of the cosmos, and through new data from modern telescopes—including the Hubble Space Telescope—we are discovering dizzying new facts about how they formed, how they evolve, and what they are made of. This book acquaints readers with these facts and findings--and with what they can tell us about the lives of galaxies over cosmic time, from their emergence shortly after the Hot Big Bang to their ongoing gyrations and transmutations.
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Editorial Reviews

Science News
Waller, a professor of astronomy, teams with Hodge, editor-in-chief of Astronomical Journal, to present recent advances due largely to the advent of massive earthbound and spaceborne telescopes. In fact, these instruments now allow astronomers to detect 'galaxies so distant that we are seeing them shortly after their emergence from the din of the Big Bang,' the authors write.
Times Higher Education Supplement

Some galaxies erupt in starbursts; most contain giant black holes at their cores, each containing several million or billion times as much mass as our sun. William Waller and Paul Hodge give us a magisterial tour of these galaxies and their environment in space.
— Jay Pasachoff

Times Higher Education Supplement - Jay Pasachoff
Some galaxies erupt in starbursts; most contain giant black holes at their cores, each containing several million or billion times as much mass as our sun. William Waller and Paul Hodge give us a magisterial tour of these galaxies and their environment in space.
Times Higher Education Supplement
Some galaxies erupt in starbursts; most contain giant black holes at their cores, each containing several million or billion times as much mass as our sun. William Waller and Paul Hodge give us a magisterial tour of these galaxies and their environment in space.
— Jay Pasachoff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674010796
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,100,312
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Waller is Investigator and Liaison for Space Scientists at NASA's New England Space Science Initiative in Education.

Paul W. Hodge is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Washington and editor-in-chief of Astronomical Journal.

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Table of Contents

Preface

I. A Galaxy Primer

1. Galaxies and the Universe

2. Form and Function

3. Galactic Anatomy

4. The Missing Mass

5. Creation and Evolution

II. Nearby Galaxies

6. The Milky Way

7. The Clouds of Magellan

8. Dwarfs of the Local Group

9. The Nearest Giants

10. Interacting and Starbursting Galaxies

11. The Most Powerful Galaxies

III. Our Galaxian Universe

12. Gauging the Galaxies

13. Clusters and Superclusters, Filaments and Voids

14. The Expanding Cosmos

15. Scenarios of Origin

16. The Cosmic Frontier

Epilogue

Selected Readings

Periodicals and Websites

Glossary

Illustration Credits

Index

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