An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology

An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology

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The Open University

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An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology

This textbook has been designed by a team of experts for introductory university courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with a description of the structure and history of the Milky Way, it introduces normal and active galaxies in general. A wide range of cosmological models are then presented, including a discussion of the Big Bang and Universe expansion. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, the book is suitable for self-study.

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ISBN-13: 9780521837385
Publisher: The Open University
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Pages: 442
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Milky Way - our galaxy; 2. Normal galaxies; 3. Active galaxies; 4. The spatial distribution of galaxies; 5. Introducing cosmology - the science of the Universe; 6. Big Bang cosmology - the Evolving Universe; 7. Observational cosmology - measuring the Universe; 8. Questioning cosmology - outstanding problems about the Universe; Answers and comments; Appendix. Useful quantities and units; Glossary; Acknowledgements; Index.

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