Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier

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Harvard University Press, 2003 - Science - 317 pages
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For the past twelve billion years, galaxies have governed the Universe, bringing form to the firmament, light to the void. Each one a giant system of as many as hundreds of billions of stars, the galaxies are the building blocks of the cosmos, and through new data from modern telescopes—including the Hubble Space Telescope—we are discovering dizzying new facts about how they formed, how they evolve, and what they are made of. This book acquaints readers with these facts and findings--and with what they can tell us about the lives of galaxies over cosmic time, from their emergence shortly after the Hot Big Bang to their ongoing gyrations and transmutations.

  

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An astronomy book, not an astrophysics book, thus too much detailed phenomenology for my tastes, and not enough background physics. Nonetheless it did what I wanted it to do which was give me an overview of the field. Read full review

Contents

Galaxies and the Universe
3
Form and Function
21
Galactic Anatomy
35
The Missing Mass
60
Creation and Evolution
76
Interacting and Starbursting Galaxies
176
The Most Powerful Galaxies
188
OUR GALAXIAN UNIVERSE
209
Epilogue
269
Glossary
283
Illustration Credits
301
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Paul W. Hodge is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Washington and editor-in-chief of Astronomical Journal.

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