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The Spiral Galaxy M33 (Astrophysics and Space Science Library) Hardcover – September 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-9400720244 ISBN-10: 9400720246 Edition: 2012th

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“Hodge nicely … bring together historical endeavours, particularly those of Hubble, with a host of more recent work on the galaxy’s structure, stellar populations, interstellar medium, abundances, and dynamics, in a compact volume which should be in every astronomical library. Complete with useful tables, numerous figures gathered from the literature, and copious references as recent as 2010, the book is also an ideal text for undergraduates trying to get a feel for a typical extragalactic component of the Universe.” (David Stickland, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1228), June, 2012)

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This book summarizes the gathering of information on and the growing understanding of M33 from the 1920s, when Hubble first determined its true nature, to the 21st century, when the Hubble Telescope probed deeply into its many secrets. With its regular symmetrical spiral structure, and its being not tilted too much and near enough to allow detailed studies of its stars, M33 is well-suited for the study of a typical spiral galaxy.
In this work, Paul Hodge places current research on M33 (and similar galaxies) in both historical and global perspectives. The book is written in a language accessible for specialists and non-specialists, for professional and amateur astronomers, for scientists and the curious public and, most importantly, for students.



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Product Details

  • Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library (Book 379)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9400720246
  • ISBN-13: 978-9400720244
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,483,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Hodge is an astronomer and author who has published 25 books, most on astronomy, but five on hiking and mountains. He is best known for his work on
the nature and contents of galaxies. His discoveries and analyses of nearby galaxies have provided new understanding of their histories and their origin. Using telescopes that have been among the largest in the world, he was the discover or co-discoverer and cataloger of more than 20, 000 objects in other galaxies, including ionized hydrogen clouds, star clusters, galaxies, dark nebulae and variable stars.

As a sideline Hodge did some pioneering research on the subject of interplanetary dust, carrying out his first experiments in the mid-1950's. While at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory he designed the first aircraft-borne meteoritic dust collector, which was flown on a U2 high-altitude airplane. In 2001 the asteroid 14466 was named "hodge" in his honor.

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By J. Ward Moody on January 16, 2013
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Paul Hodge is the recognized expert on the nature of the close galaxies M33 and M31. In this book he compiles a timely snapshot of our understanding of M33, the prototypical Sc spiral galaxy.

In a day of information explosion this book is useful for guiding the reader through the most reliable data and best supported conclusions. It is a bit pricey for a small book. The value is not in the number of pages but in the insights on each page gleaned from decades of research. It is an indispensable resource for anyone working on this object.
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