Nucleosynthesis and Chemical Evolution of Galaxies / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $76.87
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 33%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $76.87   
  • New (5) from $79.06   
  • Used (3) from $76.87   


The distribution of elements in the cosmos provides a powerful tool to study the Big Bang, the density of baryonic matter, nucleosynthesis and the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. Covering many exciting topics in astrophysics and cosmology, this textbook, written by a pioneer of the field, provides a lucid and wide-ranging introduction to the interdisciplinary subject of galactic chemical evolution. This updated new edition includes results from recent space missions, including WMAP and FUSE, and new material on abundances from stellar populations, nebular analysis, meteoric isotopic anomalies, and abundance analysis of X-ray gas. Simple derivations for key results are provided, together with problems and helpful solution hints, enabling the student to develop an understanding of results from numerical models and real observations. This book is suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, and also serves as an authoritative overview for researchers and professional scientists.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
From reviews of the first edition: 'Pagel covers all these aspects of nucleosynthesis and links them together to form a coherent picture of the way galaxies' compositions vary with time. For its stated purpose as a text book for graduate students, it is excellent.' C. R. Kitchin, Astronomy Now

'Each topic is explained from the ground up, giving the reader all the information needed to proceed further. The book manages to present (without losing scientific rigour) one of the most fascinating subjects of modern astrophysics.' Cesare Chiosi, Nature

'This is a good and useful book … The astrophysicist will find the astronomical lore enlightening, and the astronomer will find references to discussions of the underlying physics.' Physics Today

'… this is an excellent book - in fact, the best I know in this field. It provides an excellent introduction to more detailed review articles on specific topics, it contains a wealth of information, and it evidences an exceptionally broad and sound understanding of a key part of the formation and evolution of the universe.' Gerry Gilmore, Astronomy and Geophysics

'This book fills a gap in astrophysical literature … certainly helpful for any instructor who wishes to teach a one-semester course on these subjects, especially because the author has included many end-chapter problems with hints for their solutions … a conceptually very successful and useful book.' Mounib El Eid, Transport in Porous Media

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521840309
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Pagel won the Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in 1990, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1992. He served as a member of the MNRAS editorial board from 1970-1984, and was Vice President of the RAS from 1973–1976.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction and overview; 2. Thermonuclear reactions; 3. Cosmic abundances of elements and isotopes; 4. Cosmological nucleosynthesis and abundances of light elements; 5. Outline of stellar structure and evolution; 6. Neutron capture processes; 7. Galactic chemical evolution: basic concepts and issues; 8. Some specific GCE models and related observational data; 9. Origin and evolution of light elements; 10. Radioactive cosmochronology; 11. Chemical evolution in other sorts of galaxies; 12. Cosmic chemical evolution and diffuse background radiation; Appendices; References; Index.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)