on 18 August 2004
A fine academic introduction to the subject. It does assume some first-year undergraduate physics and maths, although the trickier bits can be skipped and returned to later. It is definitely a book to be studied rather than bed time reading. Good further reading suggestions and bibliography are provided, although these days a websearch would yield plenty more material. Illustrations are mostly graphs and the like, and a few black and white photos, but don't look for pretty full colour pictures. The writing is business-like but flows well on the whole. Each chapter provides some test-yourself problems, although only some of them have answers (or rather hints) included at the back of the book. There is a comprehensive index.
So highly recommended for students of astronomy and astrophysics.
on 20 July 2008
This book is all that is needed for an undergraduate student interested in galaxies. The book gives a wonderful and very easy to understand explanation about galaxies, their components, motion, etc. It is full of useful information, balanced throughout chapters. Most of the book is not demanding in mathematics, with illustrative problems. A slightly hard material is given in the part about galaxy dynamics, but still inside the sphere of undergraduate-level knowledge. It is also good for graduate research students, with major in astronomy or physics, full of references, so I certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start with galaxy astrophysics.