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Nearly Normal Galaxies

From the Planck Time to the Present

  • S. M. Faber
Conference proceedings

Part of the Santa Cruz Summer Workshops in Astronomy and Astrophysics book series (SANTA CRUZ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Stellar Evolution in Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jay A. Frogel
      Pages 3-9
    3. François Schweizer
      Pages 18-25
    4. Richard B. Larson
      Pages 26-35
    5. Carol J. Persson
      Pages 36-40
  3. Small Objects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Marc Aaronson
      Pages 57-66
    3. Scott Tremaine
      Pages 76-77
  4. Galactic Structure and Dynamics: Observations

  5. Galactic Structure and Dynamics: Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. R. G. Carlberg
      Pages 129-137
    3. Michael A. Dopita
      Pages 144-153
    4. Joshua E. Barnes
      Pages 154-159
  6. Global Parameters of Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. S. M. Faber, A. Dressler, R. L. Davies, D. Burstein, D. Lynden-Bell, R. Terlevich et al.
      Pages 175-183
    3. Tod R. Lauer
      Pages 207-210
  7. Galaxies in Relation to Larger Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Augustus Oemler Jr.
      Pages 213-219
    3. Martha P. Haynes
      Pages 220-226
    4. Simon D. M. White
      Pages 234-243
    5. Avishai Dekel
      Pages 244-254
    6. Martin J. Rees
      Pages 255-262
  8. Distant Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. A. Bruzual Gustavo
      Pages 265-275
    3. A. Dressler
      Pages 276-289
    4. S. Djorgovski
      Pages 290-299
  9. Dark Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Virginia Trimble
      Pages 313-316
    3. K. C. Freeman
      Pages 317-325
    4. S. Michael Fall
      Pages 326-331
    5. Katherine Freese
      Pages 343-352
  10. Galaxies Before Recombination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353

About these proceedings

Introduction

It is sometimes said that astronomy is the crossroads of physics. In the same spirit, it can forcefully be argued that galaxies are the crossroads of astronomy. Internal pro ces ses within galaxies involve all of the fundamental components of astrophysics: stellar evolution, star formation, low-density astrophysics, dynamics, hydrodynamics, and high-energy astrophysics. Indeed, one can hardly name an observational datum in any wavelength range on any kind of celestial object that does not provide a useful clue to galaxy formation and evolution. Although internal processes in galaxies until recently occupied most of our attention, we now know that it is also vital to relate galaxies to their environment. How galaxies congregate in larger structures and are in turn influenced by them are crucial questions for galactic evolution. On a grander level we have also come to regard galaxies as the basic building blocks of the universe, the basic units whereby the large­ scale structure of the universe is apprehended and quantified. On a grander level still, we also believe strongly that galaxies are the direct descendents of early density irregularities in the Big Bang. Galaxy properties are now viewed as providing a crucial constraint on the physics of the Big Bang and a vital link between the macroscopic and microscopic structure of the universe.

Keywords

Accretion Inflation Population Redshift Variation astronomy astrophysics early universe galaxies milky way observatory star star formation stellar evolution universe

Editors and affiliations

  • S. M. Faber
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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