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Published: 27 March 2008

136 Pages | 20 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780199234349

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Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

John Gribbin

Very Short Introductions

  • Explains how galaxies are not only fascinating astronomical structures in themselves, but also how their study has revealed much of what we know today about the cosmos
  • Shows how galaxies provide a window on the Big Bang and the origins of the Universe, and discusses the latest discoveries of supermassive black holes and the mysteries of Cold Dark Matter
  • Looks at our own 'Milky Way' Galaxy in detail, from the different kinds of stars that are born within it, to the origins of its magnificent spiral structure
  • Tells the story of our growing understanding of galaxies, from the days before Galileo to our present-day observations of our many hundreds of millions of galactic neighbours