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Large-scale structures in the universe
Fairall, Anthony.
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Chichester, West Sussex, England ; New York : Wiley, 1998.
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xix, 196 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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"Published in association with Praxis Publishing, Chichester."

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QB980 .F35 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Devoted to large-scale structures with an emphasis on observation, this book focuses on our evolving understanding of the distribution of galaxies and the formation and structure of the universe.

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During the past 20 years, astronomers have developed an appreciation of the fact that the visible matter in the universe is arranged in patterns with many size scales. Modern technology has positioned us to vastly improve the data that illuminate these patterns, but it will be several years before new material is available. It is therefore timely to bring together and review what has been learned about the clustering of galaxies, and about the voids in space where few or no galaxies are found at all. Fairall begins by discussing observing techniques and describes observational evidence for the reality of large-scale structure. A unique feature of the presentation is a beautiful atlas of 26 diagrams that shows dramatically the many large-scale features lying within a distance of 500 million light years. Later chapters describe the inferences and physical insights that can be drawn from the observations. Chapter 6, on the mathematical studies of structures, and chapter 7, on large-scale motions, are especially well presented. Even though the focus was intentionally on observational aspects, the book would have been better had there been more extensive discussion in the later chapters. A well-written work, recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. E. Hogg; National Radio Astronomy Observatory