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Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier
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"Orienting us with an insider's tour of our cosmic home, the Milky Way, William Waller and Paul Hodge then take us on a journey, inviting us to probe the exquisite structures and motions of giant spiral and elliptical galaxies, to witness the transformative dramas of colliding and erupting galaxies, and to pay our respects to the most powerful galaxies of all - the quasars. Along the way, the authors elucidate the accumulating evidence for dark matter in and among galaxies and for dark energy as a critical arbiter of the expanding Universe. They then guide us farther out in space and back in time to the cosmic frontier, where incipient galaxies, the mysterious microwave background radiation, and the cosmic expansion itself manifest a primeval Universe that was radically different from what we know today.Featuring the latest observations and most compelling theories, this book provides a firm foundation for exploring the more speculative reaches of our current understanding."--BOOK JACKET."This book acquaints readers with the nature of galaxies and of their lives over cosmic time, from their emergence shortly after the Hot Big Bang to their ongoing gyrations and transmutations.".
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