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This revised and updated second edition deals solely with the processes and results of galaxy formation, a subject usually discussed only briefly as a subfield of cosmology
Written from an observational perspective
Discusses the theories for galaxy formation and shows where each theory either succeeds or fails in explaining what we actually observe
Draws on the most recent observations of galaxies in the early universe, obtained by the very latest ground- and space-based telescopes
Looks ahead to what we may expect to uncover about the epoch of galaxy formation from the new and upcoming generations of telescopes and technology
First edition received gleaming reviews in Nature, New Scientist, Astronomische Nachrichten
Professor Keel has been teaching the course for years at the University of Alabama and in Leiden, Netherlands
The formation of galaxies is one of the greatest puzzles in astronomy, the solution is shrouded in the depths of space and time, but has profound implications for the universe we observe today. This book discusses the beginnings of the process from cosmological observations and calculations. It also considers the broad features of galaxies that we need to explain and what we know of their later history. The author compares the competing theories for galaxy formation and considers the progress expected from new generations of powerful telescopes both on earth and in space.
From a review of the first edition: "It is refreshing, in a market dominated by theorists, to come across a book on galaxy formation written from an observational perspective. The Road to Galaxy Formation should prove to be a handy primer on observations for graduate students, advanced undergraduates and theorists who feel too shy to visit a telescope." --Nature
"William Keel delicately balances observational evidence against today's relevant theoretical possibilities." --New Scientist
A cosmological cartoon.- Galaxies today.- The fossil record in nearby galaxies.- Measuring galaxies.- Galaxy evolution.- The intergalactic medium.- The initial conditions before galaxy formation.- Active galactic nuclei in the early universe.- Approaching the Dark Ages.- The processes of galaxy formation.- Forward to the past—what can new eyes expect to see?.