The principal question of whether and how globular clusters can contribute to a better understanding of galaxy formation and evolution is perhaps the main driving force behind the overall endeavour of studying globular cluster systems. Naturally, this splits up into many individual problems. The objective of the "Joint ESO-FONDAP Workshop on Globular Clusters - Guides to Galaxies" was to bring together researchers, both observational and theoretical, to present and discuss the most recent results. Topics covered in these proceedings are: internal dynamics of globular clusters and interaction with host galaxies (tidal tails, evolution of cluster masses), accretion of globular clusters, detailed descriptions of nearby cluster systems, ultracompact dwarfs, formations of massive clusters in mergers and elsewhere, the ACS Virgo survey, galaxy formation and globular clusters, dynamics and kinematics of globular cluster systems and dark matter-related problems.
With its wide coverage of the topic, this book constitutes a valuable reference of the scientific knowledge of the field.
Table of Contents
Part I Detailed Studies of Individual Globular Clusters.- Part II The Most Massive Clusters.- Part III Young Star Clusters.- Part IV Globular Cluster Systems in Dwarf and Irregular Galaxies.- Part V Globular Cluster Systems in Spiral Galaxies.- Part VI Globular Cluster Systems in Early-Type Galaxies.- Part VII Evolution of Cluster Systems and their Host Galaxies.- Part VIII Dynamical Evolution of Star Clusters.- Part IX Dynamics of Globular Cluster Systems.