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    DescriptionGalaxies are the building blocks of the Universe: standing like islands in space, each is made up of many hundreds of millions of stars in which the chemical elements are made, around which planets form, and where on at least one of those planets intelligent life has emerged. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is just one of several hundred million other galaxies that we can now observe through our telescopes. Yet it was only in the 1920s that we realised that there is more to the Universe than the Milky Way, and that there were in fact other 'islands' out there. In many ways, modern astronomy began with this discovery, and the story of galaxies is therefore the story of modern astronomy. Since then, many exciting discoveries have been made about our own galaxy and about those beyond: how a supermassive black hole lurks at the centre of every galaxy, for example, how enormous forces are released when galaxies collide, how distant galaxies provide a window on the early Universe, and what the formation of young galaxies can tell us about the mysteries of Cold Dark Matter. In this Very Short Introduction, renowned science writer John Gribbin describes the extraordinary things that astronomers are learning about galaxies, and explains how this can shed light on the origins and structure of the Universe. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John R. Gribbin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 136
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 118 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199234349
    ISBN 10: 0199234345
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: WNX, PGM
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000, SCI015000
    DC22: 523.112, 523.1/12
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QB857 .G739 2008
    Thema V1.0: WNX, PGM
    Illustrations note
    20 black and white halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    02 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    John Gribbin has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge and is one of the best-known current popular science writers. His many books include the acclaimed The Universe: A Biography, In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, and Science: A History. He has written for all the UK broadsheet newspapers, regularly contributes to radio and television documentaries and debates, and also writes science fiction novels. He formerly worked for Nature and New Scientist, and is presently a Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the 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