A swirling spiral of 100 billion star-suns, star clusters, nebulae, and cosmic dust, the Milky Way is our home galaxy and, for astronomers, a source of endless fascination. Since 1941 The Milky Way has conveyed Bart and Priscilla Bok’s own fascination with our galaxy in an authoritative yet easily understandable account. For two generations this immensely popular book has been the standard introduction to the Milky Way, but once again, scientific advances have demanded a complete revision and thorough updating. In just the last decade an entirely new model of a much more massive Milky Way has emerged, and new techniques of radio and infrared astronomy have opened up the full study of the galactic center. As in earlier editions, presentation of new research and dynamic new theoretical advances will delight amateur and professional stargazers alike.
It can be highly recommended for courses to nonspecialists, and to the intelligent layman interested in the beauty and majesty of the Milky Way. Astronomers who are not galactic specialists could also gain a lot from this volume.
The Milky Way is…a book requiring serious study, but it assumes no previous knowledge and it is written with the clarity, zest, and panache that the Boks bring to all their work. As people who have immense and continuing experience in this field, their book may be taken to be authoritative, inclusive, and very much up-to-date… The serious amateur or undergraduate astronomy student will find the careful reading of this new edition an enriching experience.
This remains the definitive book for understanding our galaxy—its origins, evolution, composition, and interactions.
- 384 pages
- 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
- Harvard University Press
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