Galaxies and Cosmology

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August 2004



Unique in its breadth of coverage and level of presentation, this textbook provides more on the nature of galaxies, extragalactic objects, the large-scale structure of the Universe, and cosmology than is available in general textbooks on astronomy. It remains, however, accessible to advanced undergraduate students. One or more chapters are devoted to each of the following: the classification and morphology of galaxies; the galactic interstellar medium; galactic kinematics; elliptical, spiral, and barred spiral galaxies; the interactions between galaxies; extragalactic radio sources, quasars and their line spectra, and other active galactic nuclei; the formation of galaxies; the Universe as a whole; and cosmology. Thanks to considerable progress in telescopes in recent years, galaxies are now observed with an enlarged look-back time, and astronomers have begun recently to trace the history of star formation. These major advances are included in this revised edition.


General Introduction.- 1. The Classification and Morphology of Galaxies.- 2. The Galactic Interstellar Medium.- 3. The Kinematics and Masses of Galaxies.- 4. Elliptical Galaxies.- 5. The Spiral Structure of Galaxies.- 6. Barred Galaxies.- 7. Interactions Between Galaxies.- 8. Extragalactic Radio Sources.- 9. Quasars and Other Active Nuclei.- 10. Quasar Absorption-Line Systems.- 11. The Universe on a Large Scale.- 12. The Formation of Galaxies and Large Structures in the Universe.- 13. Cosmology.- List of Constants, Notation, and Units Used.



"This, the second edition of a tried and trusted text, presents the very latest consensus of opinion on the formation, maintenance and evolution of galactic structures and cosmology. I found the style of this text very accessible and easy to read. [...] I could easily imagine the interested non-specialist getting a lot out of this book, owing to the use of mathematics as an ancillary aspect of the text. [...] it will certainly be of use to graduate students beginning their studies in cosmology and galactic astronomy." (Neil English, Astronomy Now, May 2003)
EAN: 9783540419273
ISBN: 3540419276
Untertitel: 2nd ed. 2001. Corr. 2nd printing 2004. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Seitenanzahl: 468 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von M. Seymour
Format: gebunden
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