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An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology Hardcover – 3 Jun 2004
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'The authors have achieved a great deal by producing a comprehensive, and comprehensible textbook with very little mathematics. The chapters on cosmology are bang up-to-date, and succeed in putting across challenging concepts in an understandable way. The book is also well-illustrated and very nicely produced.' Professor Alan Heavens, University of Edinburgh
'An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology is an impressive textbook. I found the presentation to be accessible to a wide variety of students, yet comprehensive and very up-to-date. The relevant mathematics and physics are introduced clearly and gently; advanced topics are explained in a pedagogically effective manner. The style of presentation will attract and sustain the interest of a broad spectrum of readers; it involves them in the drama of search, discovery, and emergence of new mysteries.' Professor Robert Wagoner, Stanford University
'… I believe the authors have succeeded in their goal of finding a presentation style which ensures accessibility to curious amateur deep-sky enthusiasts as well as trained astrophysics students … I would recommend this book to any amateur with basic scientific grounding who seeks to learn more about the physics of deep sky objects. It is loaded with factual information, and produced to a high standard of accuracy and clarity throughout.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics, this textbook starts with a description of the structure and history of the Milky Way before introducing normal and active galaxies in general. A range of cosmological models are then presented, including a discussion of the Big Bang and Universe expansion.See all Product description
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It explains everything in a precise, sequential manner leaving no questions unanswered. If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, new to astrophysics/cosmology and a bit lost with the amount of jargon and information that you are required to take in, read this book. It will make everything clear. It is the only text book that I have read from cover to cover without skipping a single word.
I wish the authors could write more books like this.
If you have a background in the physical sciences this book will make an excellent refresher and reference source for summaries, diagrams and overviews of the relevant arguments. If you don't have a background in the physical sciences this book will help you gain an understanding of the main physical processes governing the formation and evolution of Galaxies (including our own Milky Way galaxy) along with the observational techniques used in obtaining real data to test the theoretical predictions for other Galaxies and the main current Cosmological models. The book is illustrated throughout with beautiful diagrams, photographs and real experimental data and it's fun using the formulae within the book to calculate numbers that you can then see on the experimental graphs and plots.
The book contains summary sections at the end of each chapter and these are excellent, providing not only a reminder of the main points that you've just worked through but a useful "taster" of what's to come before you dive into each chapter. In addition, the book contains many questions in each chapter with answers at the end. These problems are fun to work through and having the answers is a real advantage and a positive asset of the book - there's nothing worse when learning from a book questions being posed but no answers being provided.
On the production of the book, I can't fault it. It's not a massive tomb so I had no problems with the binding splitting - something that can happen with very large paperback text books once opened beyond the first few chapters when the weight of the book splits the binding.
In addition to this book I purchased 2 other books on related topics and have the same comments on them - all 3 books are beautifully illustrated throughout, contain questions with worked solutions and pitch their subject matter at the right level. The books in question are:
An Introduction to the Sun and Stars
by Simon F Green
Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology
by Robert J. A. Lambourne
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