From the Realm of the Nebulae to Populations of Galaxies: Dialogues on a Century of Research

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Mauro D'Onofrio, Roberto Rampazzo, Simone Zaggia
Springer, Jul 26, 2016 - Science - 785 pages

In order to outline possible future directions in galaxy research, this book wants to be a short stopover, a moment of self-reflection of the past century of achievements in this area.

Since the pioneering years of galaxy research in the early 20th century, the research on galaxies has seen a relentless advance directly connected to the parallel exponential growth of new technologies.

Through a series of interviews with distinguished astronomers the editors provide a snapshot of the achievements obtained in understanding galaxies. While many initial questions about their nature have been addressed, many are still open and require new efforts to achieve a solution. The discussions may reveal paradigms worthwhile revisiting. With the help of some of those scientists who have contributed to it, the editors sketch the history of this scientific journey and ask them for inspirations for future directions of galaxy research.


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From Pioneers to Big Science
2 The Milky Way and the Local Group
From the Tuning Fork to a Physical Classification in a MultiWavelength Context
4 The Anatomy of Galaxies
5 The Impact of Surveys
6 In Pursuit of High Redshift Galaxies
7 The New Boundaries of the Galaxy Concept
8 The Physics of Galaxy Formation and Evolution
9 New Eyes for Galaxies Investigation
10 Lights and Shadows on Galaxies Understanding

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Mauro D'Onofrio is an associate professors at the Department of Physics and Astronomy G. Galilei, University of Padova. He is an expert in the calibration, and setup of astronomical instruments as well as of data reduction and data analysis. His research has focused on galaxies both without and with AGN. He has co-edited two previous volumes published by Springer(on Cosmology and Quasars) written in the same interview style as this book. dalfkädslfä

Roberto Rampazzo is a staff astronomer at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova. His research focuses on interacting galaxies and early-type galaxies.

Simone Zaggia is a staff astronomer at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova. He is specialised in the dynamics of stellar systems and the structure of the Milky Way.

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