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Introduction to Galaxy Formation and Evolution From Primordial Gas to Present-Day Galaxies


Andrea Cimatti, Università di Bologna, Filippo Fraternali, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, Carlo Nipoti, Università di Bologna
Published 2019


Present-day elliptical, spiral and irregular galaxies are large systems made of stars, gas and dark matter. Their properties result from a variety of physical processes that have occurred during the nearly fourteen billion years since the Big Bang. This comprehensive textbook, which bridges the gap between introductory and specialized texts, explains the key physical processes of galaxy formation, from the cosmological recombination of primordial gas to the evolution of the different galaxies that we observe in the Universe today. In…

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Key features

  • Presents a balanced description of theoretical and observational aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, demonstrating how physical processes are linked with our observations
  • Rich in figures, summaries and summary tables, and includes selected references to help students to follow-up a given topic of interest
  • Appendices on the key physical and astrophysical processes are also present to aid the study of this multi-topic subject

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