Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Ronald J. Buta
    Pages 1-89
  3. Samuel Boissier
    Pages 141-181
  4. Jan M. van der Hulst, W. J. G. de Blok
    Pages 183-205
  5. Richard Bower
    Pages 265-303
  6. Eric S. Perlman
    Pages 305-386
  7. Alison L. Coil
    Pages 387-421
  8. Wendy L. Freedman, Barry F. Madore
    Pages 423-450
  9. Gabriella De Lucia
    Pages 451-502
  10. Andrea Merloni, Sebastian Heinz
    Pages 503-566
  11. Renyue Cen
    Pages 567-607
  12. John Mather, Gary Hinshaw, Lyman Page
    Pages 609-684
  13. Back Matter

About this book


This is volume 6 of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems, a six-volume compendium of modern astronomical research, covering subjects of key interest to the main fields of contemporary astronomy. This volume on “Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology” edited by William C. Keel presents accessible review chapters on Galaxy Morphology, Elliptical and Disk Galaxy Structure and Modern Scaling Laws, Star Formation in Galaxies, The Cool ISM in Galaxies, The Influence of Environment on Galaxy Evolution, Clusters of Galaxies, Active Galactic Nuclei, Large Scale Structure of the Universe, Distance Scale of the Universe, Galaxies in the Cosmological Context, Evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei, The Intergalactic Medium, and Cosmic Microwave Background.

All chapters of the handbook were written by practicing professionals. They include sufficient background material and references to the current literature to allow readers to learn enough about a specialty within astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology to get started on their own practical research projects. In the spirit of the series Stars and Stellar Systems published by Chicago University Press in the 1960s and 1970s, each chapter of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems can stand on its own as a fundamental review of its respective sub-discipline, and each volume can be used as a textbook or recommended reference work for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Advanced students and professional astronomers in their roles as both lecturers and researchers will welcome Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems as a comprehensive and pedagogical reference work on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.


Astronomy reference work Cosmic Microwave Background reviewed Distance Scale of the Universe reviewed Galactic nuclei reviewed Galaxies reviewed Galaxy Clusters reviewed Galaxy evolution reviewed Intergalactic medium reviewed Interstellar medium reviewed Large Scale Structure reviewed Star formation reviewed

Editors and affiliations

  • Terry D. Oswalt
    • 1
  • William C. Keel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics & Space SciencesFlorida Institute of Technology University BoulevardMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5608-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5609-0
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