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The Distribution of the Galaxies
Gravitational Clustering in Cosmology

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  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521050920

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  • Contemporary astronomers continue to search for ways to understand the irregular distribution of galaxies in our Universe. This volume describes gravitational theory, computer simulations and observations related to galaxy distribution functions, which is a general method for measuring the distribution of galaxies and their motions. Coverage embeds distribution functions in a broader astronomical context, and includes other contemporary topics such as correlation functions, fractals, bound clusters, topology, percolation and minimal spanning trees. Throughout, theory, computer simulation and observation are carefully interwoven and critically compared, and key results are derived and the necessary gravitational physics provided. The book also shows how future observations can test the theoretical models for the evolution of galaxy clustering at early times in our Universe. This clear and authoritative volume is written at a level suitable for graduate students, and will be of key interest to astronomers, cosmologists, physicists and applied statisticians.

    • Examines one of the leading problems in astronomical/cosmological research today
    • The first book dedicated to the theory, computer modelling and observations related to galaxy distribution functions
    • All key results are derived and the necessary physics provided to ensure the book is self-contained
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    " excellent and useful book...both attractive and reader-friendly...Cambridge University Press is to be congratulated on a splendid job of book-making. The quality of the book matches the quality of its contents." Physics Today

    "Among the many merits of this book I would like to single out that observations, gravitational theory and computer simulations are skillfully interwoven...the book is ably written, smartly organized, suggestive and nearly up to date. I am therefore convinced that graduate students and researchers in cosmology will find it rather useful." Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521050920
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 170 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.826kg
    • contains: 114 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical:
    1. Cosmology myths and primitive notions
    2. First qualitative physics: the Newton-Bentley exchange
    3. Glimpses of structure
    4. Number counts and distributions
    5. Seeds of grand creation
    6. Clusters versus correlations
    7. The expanding search for homogeneity
    Part II. Descriptions of Clustering:
    8. Patterns and illusions
    9. Percolation
    10. Minimal spanning trees
    11. Topology
    12. Fractals
    13. Bound clusters
    14. Correlation functions
    15. Distribution functions
    Part III. Gravity and Correlation Functions:
    16. The growth of correlations: I. A fluid description
    17. The growth of correlations: II. A particle description
    18. General correlation properties
    19. Computer simulations
    20. Simulations and observations of two-particle correlations
    Part IV. Gravity and Distribution Functions:
    21. General properties of distribution functions
    22. Dynamics of distribution functions
    23. Short review of basic thermodynamics
    24. Thermodynamics and gravity
    25. Thermodynamic formulation of the cosmological many-body problem
    26. The functional form of b(n,T)
    27. Derivation of the spatial distribution function
    28. Properties of the spatial gravitational quasi-equilibrium distribution
    29. The velocity distribution function
    30. Evolution of the GQED
    Part V. Computer Experiments for Distribution Functions:
    31. Spatial distribution functions
    32. Velocity distribution functions
    Part VI. Observations of Distribution Functions:
    33. Observed spatial distribution functions
    34. Observed peculiar velocity distribution functions
    35. Observed evolution of distribution functions
    Part VII. Future Unfoldings:
    36. Galaxy merging
    37. Dark matter again
    38. Initial states
    39. Ultimate fates
    40. Epilogue

  • Author

    William C. Saslaw, University of Cambridge

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