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Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier

Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier

William H. Waller, Paul W. Hodge

ISBN 9780674010796

Publication date: 07/31/2003

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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.

This is a heavily revised and completely updated version of Hodge’s Galaxies, which won an Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Best Science Book of the Year in 1986.


  • Waller, a professor of astronomy, teams with Hodge, editor-in-chief of Astronomical Journal, to present recent advances due largely to the advent of massive earthbound and spaceborne telescopes. In fact, these instruments now allow astronomers to detect ‘galaxies so distant that we are seeing them shortly after their emergence from the din of the Big Bang,’ the authors write.

    —Science News


  • William H. Waller is Investigator and Liaison for Space Scientists at NASA's New England Space Science Initiative in Education.
  • Paul W. Hodge is Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, at the University of Washington and Editor-in-Chief of Astronomical Journal.

Book Details

  • 334 pages
  • 6-3/8 x 9-3/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press