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Author Gribbin, John, 1946-

Title Galaxies : a very short introduction / John Gribbin.

Publication Info. Oxford ; ew York : Oxford University Press, 2008.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Highland CC Easy Readers - HCCY-13  QB 857 .G739 2008    AVAILABLE
Description 121 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Very short introductions ; 182
Very short introductions ; 182.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 116) and index.
Contents The great debate -- Stepping stones to the universe -- Our island -- Interlude : galactic mediocrity -- The expanding universe -- The material world -- The origin of galaxies -- The fate of galaxies.
Summary In this Very Short Introduction, popular science writer John Gribben 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 neighbors. Their study has revealed much of what we know today about the cosmos, providing a window on the Big Bang and the origins of the Universe. He 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. Gribben describes the many discoveries that have been made about our own galaxy and those beyond: how a super massive black hole lurks at the center of every galaxy, how enormous forces are released when galaxies collide, how distant galaxies provide a window on the early Universe, and how the formation of young galaxies shed needed light on the mysteries of Cold Dark Matter.
Subject Galaxies.
ISBN 9780199234349 paperback
0199234345 paperback

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