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Galaxies : Structure and Evolution - Roger John Tayler

Galaxies

Structure and Evolution

Paperback Published: 3rd May 1993
ISBN: 9780521367103
Number Of Pages: 228

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This book is a quantitative introduction to what is known or theorized about the structure and evolution of galactic systems. It begins with a general introduction to galaxies and a summary of our empirical observations of galaxies in the universe, including our own. There are then three chapters on galactic structure: the manner in which motions of stars determine galactic shape, the determination of galactic masses, and the structure of discs in spirals. Galactic evolution, especially changes in chemical composition over time, is then covered. The book concludes with a discussion of the origin of galaxies and their relation to more general questions in cosmology. The presentation is sufficiently mathematical so that quantitative results can be discussed in detail. Throughout, the author stresses what are currently accepted results and what theories may need revision in what continues to be a rapidly developing subject.

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'A useful book.' Astronomy Now ' ... the text is written very clearly and the reader with a real interest in the subject can learn a lot ... ' Webb Society Quarterly Journal

Preface
Symbols
Numerical values
Introduction
Observations of the Galaxy
Properties of external galaxies
Stellar dynamics
Masses of galaxies
The interstellar medium in our Galaxy
The chemical evolution of galaxies
Galaxies and the Universe
Concluding remarks
Appendices
Index
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ISBN: 9780521367103
ISBN-10: 0521367107
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 3rd May 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.59 x 17.45  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2

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