Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier / Edition 1

Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier / Edition 1

by William H. Waller, Paul W. Hodge
     
 

Orienting us with an insider's tour of our cosmic home, the Milky Way, William Waller and Paul Hodge then take us on a spectacular journey, inviting us to probe the exquisite structures and dynamics of the giant spiral and elliptical galaxies, to witness colliding and erupting galaxies, and to pay our respects to the most powerful galaxies of all--the quasars. A basic… See more details below

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Orienting us with an insider's tour of our cosmic home, the Milky Way, William Waller and Paul Hodge then take us on a spectacular journey, inviting us to probe the exquisite structures and dynamics of the giant spiral and elliptical galaxies, to witness colliding and erupting galaxies, and to pay our respects to the most powerful galaxies of all--the quasars. A basic guide to the latest news from the cosmic frontier--about the black holes in the centers of galaxies, about the way in which some galaxies cannibalize each other, about the vast distances between galaxies, and about the remarkable new evidence regarding dark energy and the cosmic expansion--this book gives us a firm foundation for exploring the more speculative fringes of our current understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674010796
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.15(d)

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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