- Published: 2007
- Number of pages: 696 pages
- Format: PDF
- File Size: 9.59 MB
- Authors: Linda S. Sparke
This extensively illustrated book presents the astrophysics of galaxies since their beginnings in the early Universe. It has been thoroughly revised to take into account the most recent observational data, and recent discoveries such as dark energy. There are new sections on galaxy clusters, gamma ray bursts and supermassive black holes. The authors explore the basic properties of stars and the Milky Way before working out towards nearby galaxies and the distant Universe. They discuss the structures of galaxies and how galaxies have developed, and relate this to the evolution of the Universe. The book also examines ways of observing galaxies across the whole electromagnetic spectrum, and explores dark matter and its gravitational pull on matter and light. This book is self-contained and includes several homework problems with hints. It is ideal for advanced undergraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics.
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⭐The book immerses you into a medieval German city and the lives of a variety of its inhabitants. It’s pretty gritty sometimes, but a good read, and a good look at what medieval times were really like.
⭐Galaxies in the Universe is an absolutely wonderful book. That being said, it is the type of textbook written so that the problems are an integral part of the text. That’s not my personal preference because my schedule is such that I don’t always have time to work them. The other problem with that style is that if you get stuck on any one problem, you run the risk of getting very little out of the rest of the book. Even so, most of the problems are very fun and not so difficult that someone who is strong in math and physics won’t be able to get through them.It is very definitely an introductory text intended to get one started on the basics before going to a different book to tackle harder material. By the end of the book you’ll have done things like calculate the amount of dark matter that must exist within a given galaxy. My favorite part of this book is the section on gravitational lensing and dark matter. A long time ago I tried to decipher the original Kaiser and Squires article on the topic, and never really succeeded. This book explained the material with wonderful clarity.The mathematical content of the book is relatively simple. Anyone familiar with multivariable calculus should be able to work through it without too much trouble. Some of the key results and ideas will be familiar to physics majors who’ve already taken a classical mechanics course or a thermostatistics course, but applied in a sufficiently different context that they don’t seem redundant. This would be a good book for someone who has strong basics in general physics, is strong in undergraduate calculus, and has an interest in galactic astrophysics.
⭐Fairly up to date and a good text. Many good example problems to test your knowledge during the chapters. Sometimes a little dry especially during derivations.
⭐The strong point is lots of problems to work out. But the emphasis is on classical galaxy studies to the near exclusion of cosmology, and the presentation is too verbose and scattered for my taste.
⭐I used this book as a reference when taking galactic astronomy courses. It was useful for answering my questions without being overly technical or assuming I had background information that I did not.
⭐The book does not provide adequate equations to complete the homework problems. Many of the problems require much more information than the book provides. If this book is not required for a class, I do not recommend buying it.
⭐I was interested in this book, but $2,013.80 for a hardcover? Really?
⭐This book does an excellent job of delineating the many observations of galaxies, not only in the present but also in the formation of galaxies and clusters of galaxies since the big bang. Much of the contemporary theories about galactic structure and star movements is backed up with math. Since this is a textbook, there are many problems to work on, and there are solution hints in an appendix. I would recommend it to any serious student of astronomy and physics.
⭐The text of the book is excellent, and I’m learning a lot from it. Clear, well-written and well formatted. However, the quality of the printing leaves a lot to be desired. There are a great many pages that are loose or completely detached from the spine of the book. I’m now worried that given the amount of times I will be using it over the course of an academic year, I’m going to lose some pages completely. The text on the pages that are loose are also misaligned. The text isn’t straight on the page, its more at a diagonal. I sincerely suggest that the publishers look again at their printing methods. The book isn’t cheap, but would be well worth the money if it was printed well.
⭐The book came promptly and in great condition, the only issue is that the cover has been put on back to front (that or the contents has been put in backwards and upside down 😛 ) I don’t mind that it’s like this, but just making sure others know when they get this, that it’s a potential hazard
⭐Covers galactic cosmology really well up to postgrad reference.
⭐Most of the text in this book is just useless unnecessary fluff, and very little actual information. The problems are seemingly unrelated to the preceding section due to the extremely poor explanations, and sometimes reference future sections. If you’re reading this for interests sake, it’s good due to its almost complete lack of real material (except chapter 3, which is so laden with math that they didn’t have room for proper explanation of the math). If you’re using this for a course, and your professor isn’t extremely laid back, then God help you.
⭐not a helpful book at all. I don’t own it yet, but just reading the online version so far it doesn’t cover a lot of useful info and then just throws questions at you that has nothing to do with the previous section of the book
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