Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier

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Harvard University Press, 2003 - Science - 317 pages
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Orienting us with an insider's tour of our cosmic home, the Milky Way, William Waller and Paul Hodge then take us on a spectacular journey, inviting us to probe the exquisite structures and dynamics of the giant spiral and elliptical galaxies, to witness colliding and erupting galaxies, and to pay our respects to the most powerful galaxies of all--the quasars. A basic guide to the latest news from the cosmic frontier--about the black holes in the centers of galaxies, about the way in which some galaxies cannibalize each other, about the vast distances between galaxies, and about the remarkable new evidence regarding dark energy and the cosmic expansion--this book gives us a firm foundation for exploring the more speculative fringes of our current understanding.
 

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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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