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Galaxies in the Universe

Details

  • 179 b/w illus. 19 tables 163 exercises
  • Page extent: 416 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 0.841 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.1/12
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QB857 .S63 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Galaxies

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521592413 | ISBN-10: 0521592410)

DOI: 10.2277/0521592410

  • There was also a Paperback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published October 2000

Replaced by 9780521855938

 (Stock level updated: 01:56 GMT, 05 September 2015)

£75.00

This textbook provides a comprehensive and lucid modern introduction to galaxies for advanced undergraduate students in astronomy and physics. Basic astrophysics, multiwavelength observations and theoretical concepts are carefully combined to develop a thorough and integrated understanding. All the necessary background astronomy is included and mathematics has been kept to the minimum required to enable the student to grasp the essence of a calculation, or the basis for a method. Techniques for observation and measurement are clearly explained, with a critical review of their limits and accuracy. Exciting topics such as gravitational lensing, dark matter and galactic collisions and mergers are also covered. The clear and friendly style of the text, thorough coverage of fundamentals, extensive use of up-to-date observations, and helpful problems make this an ideal introduction to galaxies and an excellent preparation for more advanced texts and the research literature.

• The most up-to-date and comprehensive textbook on galaxies for undergraduate students available • A core course for all students in astronomy, and most students in physics or applied maths taking a course in astronomy • Self contained - no previous knowledge of astronomy required, all necessary background provided • Extensively illustrated with up-to-date observations • Cuts maths to the minimum required

Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Mapping our Milky Way; 3. The orbits of the stars; 4. Our backyard: the local group; 5. Spiral and S0 galaxies; 6. Elliptical galaxies; 7. Large-scale distribution of galaxies; 8. Active Galactic Nuclei and the early history of galaxies; Bibliography; Appendix; Index.

Reviews

'The clear and friendly style of the text … make this an ideal introduction to galaxies and an excellent preparation for more advanced text and the research literature.' Europe & Astronomy

'Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction is a well-thought-out and easy-to-read text … This book is reasonably priced, and well-suited to its readership. I strongly recommend it to those working on, and teaching about, galaxies. there is certainly enough material here for several courses.' Paul O'Brien, The Observatory

'The clear and friendly style of the text, thorough coverage of fundamentals, extensive use of up-to-date observations, and helpful problems make this an ideal introduction to galaxies and an excellent preparation for more advanced texts and the research literature. It makes this book accessible for advanced amateurs, as well.' Orion (Société Astronomique de Suisse)

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