In order to outline possible future directions in galaxy research, this book wants to be a short stopover, a moment of self-reflection of the past century of achievements in this area.
Since the pioneering years of galaxy research in the early 20th century, the research on galaxies has seen a relentless advance directly connected to the parallel exponential growth of new technologies.
Through a series of interviews with distinguished astronomers the editors provide a snapshot of the achievements obtained in understanding galaxies. While many initial questions about their nature have been addressed, many are still open and require new efforts to achieve a solution. The discussions may reveal paradigms worthwhile revisiting. With the help of some of those scientists who have contributed to it, the editors sketch the history of this scientific journey and ask them for inspirations for future directions of galaxy research.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 785
Weight: 1120 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 41 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201
Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2017
"This is a remarkably detailed, 800-page compendium of information currently known about galaxies, told in an unusual question and answer interview format by dozens of experts in the field. ... This 800-page book is well referenced and makes excellent use of diagrams and images, many of which appear in color. It is an essential reference for any individual with a technical interest in galaxies. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals." (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 54 (8), April, 2017)
"The book is well produced, with black-and-white and colour figures within the text. Each chapter has contributions from several authors, with references collected at the end of the chapter. ... The book provides a good overview for those with some knowledge of the field." (Phillip Helbig, The Observatory, Vol. 137, August, 2017)