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Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier

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$31.50 • £25.95 • €28.50

ISBN 9780674010796

Publication Date: 07/31/2003


334 pages

32 color illustrations, 61 halftones, 56 line illustrations


  • Preface
  • I. A Galaxy Primer
    • 1. Galaxies and the Universe
    • 2. Form and Function
    • 3. Galactic Anatomy
    • 4. The Missing Mass
    • 5. Creation and Evolution
  • II. Nearby Galaxies
    • 6. The Milky Way
    • 7. The Clouds of Magellan
    • 8. Dwarfs of the Local Group
    • 9. The Nearest Giants
    • 10. Interacting and Starbursting Galaxies
    • 11. The Most Powerful Galaxies
  • III. Our Galaxian Universe
    • 12. Gauging the Galaxies
    • 13. Clusters and Superclusters, Filaments and Voids
    • 14. The Expanding Cosmos
    • 15. Scenarios of Origin
    • 16. The Cosmic Frontier
  • Epilogue
  • Selected Readings
  • Periodicals and Websites
  • Glossary
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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