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The Milky Way: An Insider's Guide
     

The Milky Way: An Insider's Guide

by William H. Waller
 

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ISBN-10: 0691122245

ISBN-13: 9780691122243

Pub. Date: 04/21/2013

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"Clearly written, splendidly up-to-date, and full of delightful analogies, this book is the natural heir to Bok's The Milky Way. It explores and explains our Galaxy in a way accessible to all readers and will excite anyone who craves an adventure of the mind and imagination."—Andrew Fraknoi, professor of astronomy, Foothill College

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"Clearly written, splendidly up-to-date, and full of delightful analogies, this book is the natural heir to Bok's The Milky Way. It explores and explains our Galaxy in a way accessible to all readers and will excite anyone who craves an adventure of the mind and imagination."—Andrew Fraknoi, professor of astronomy, Foothill College

"The Milky Way takes readers on a nontechnical journey through our Galaxy, and strikes a nice balance between the personal, the poetic, and the educational—it also moves at a good pace. Waller communicates the true wonder of nature, but he is also quite thorough and deep in his coverage of the latest science."—Mark Whittle, University of Virginia

"Waller presents a careful overview of the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, with informative asides into the history of astronomy, galaxy formation and evolution, and more recent observations. There is much of value here."—Gerry Gilmore, University of Cambridge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691122243
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/21/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,351,823
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter 1: First Impressions 1
Chapter 2: Historic Perceptions 10
Chapter 3: Panchromatic Vistas 53
Chapter 4: Neighbors of the Sun 82
Chapter 5: Beacons from Afar 102
Chapter 6: Star Birth 127
Chapter 7: Lives of the Stars 148
Chapter 8: Stellar Afterlives 171
Chapter 9: The Galactic Garden 194
Chapter 10: Monster in the Core 221
Chapter 11: Tales of Origin 236
Chapter 12: Life in the Milky Way 251
Glossary 277
Notes 295
Selected Readings 303
Index 311

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