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Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction

John Gribbin

27 March 2008

ISBN: 9780199234349

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Galaxies are the building blocks of the Universe: standing like islands in space, they are where the stars are born and where many extraordinary and little-understood phenomena can be observed. Here, renowned science writer John Gribbin explores what we have learnt about the cosmos through studying both our own galaxy and our distant neighbours.

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Galaxies are the building blocks of the Universe: standing like islands in space, they are where the stars are born and where many extraordinary and little-understood phenomena can be observed. Here, renowned science writer John Gribbin explores what we have learnt about the cosmos through studying both our own galaxy and our distant neighbours.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

John Gribbin, Visiting Fellow in Astronomy, University of Sussex

Table of Contents

    1:A Very Short Introduction
    2:The Great Debate
    3:Our Island
    4:The Expanding Universe
    5:Across the Universe
    6:The Origin of Galaxies
    7:The Universe at Large
    References & Further Reading
    Index

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