An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology

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Cambridge University Press, May 31, 2004 - Science - 442 pages
This textbook has been designed by a team of experts for introductory university courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with a description of the structure and history of the Milky Way, it introduces normal and active galaxies in general. A wide range of cosmological models are then presented, including a discussion of the Big Bang and Universe expansion. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, the book is suitable for self-study.
 

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CONTENTS
1
NORMAL GALAXIES
61
ACTIVE GALAXIES
123
THE SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF GALAXIES
169
INTRODUCING COSMOLOGY
213
BIG BANG COSMOLOGY
255
OBSERVATIONAL COSMOLOGY
307
QUESTIONING COSMOLOGY
345
ANSWERS AND COMMENTS
369
APPENDIX
406
FURTHER READING
425
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