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Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

An Introduction

Schneider, Peter

Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006, XIV, 459 p.

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  • The only modern textbook to concentrate on extragalactic topics and phenomena
  • The author is an experienced textbook author, and a specialist in extragalactic astronomy
  • Provides a much-needed rigorous textbook for astronomy and astrophysics undergraduates and graduates in related fields

Starting with the description of our home galaxy the Milky Way, this cogently written textbook introduces the reader to the astronomy of galaxies, their structure, active galactic nuclei, evolution and large scale distribution. Then, from the extensive and thorough introduction to modern observational and theoretical cosmology, the text turns to the formation of structures and astronomical objects in the early universe.

In particular, Peter Schneider’s Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology has the goal of imparting the fundamental knowledge of this fascinating subfield of astronomy, while leading readers to the forefront of astronomical research. But it seeks to accomplish this not only with extensive textual information and insights. In addition, the author’s evident admiration for the workings of the universe that shines through the lines and the many supporting color illustrations will deeply inspire the reader.

While this book has grown out of introductory university courses on astronomy and astrophysics, it will not only be appreciated by undergraduate students and lecturers. Through the comprehensive coverage of the field, even graduate students and researchers specializing in related fields will appreciate it as reliable reference.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Cosmology - Galaxy - Redshift - Star - Universe - astrophysics - stellar

Related subjects » Astronomy - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Cosmology - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences

Table of contents 

and Overview.- The Milky Way as a Galaxy.- The World of Galaxies.- Cosmology I: Homogeneous Isotropic World Models.- Active Galactic Nuclei.- Clusters and Groups of Galaxies.- Cosmology II: Inhomogeneities in the Universe.- Cosmology III: The Cosmological Parameters.- The Universe at High Redshift.- Outlook.

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