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From the Realm of the Nebulae to Populations of Galaxies

Dialogues on a Century of Research

  • Mauro D'Onofrio
  • Roberto Rampazzo
  • Simone Zaggia

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 435)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Roberto Rampazzo, Mauro D’Onofrio, Simone Zaggia, James M. Lattis, Martha P. Haynes, Riccardo Giovanelli et al.
    Pages 1-92
  3. Roberto Rampazzo, Mauro D’Onofrio, Simone Zaggia, James M. Lattis, Pieter C. van der Kruit, Antonella Vallenari et al.
    Pages 93-188
  4. Roberto Rampazzo, Mauro D’Onofrio, Simone Zaggia, Debra M. Elmegreen, Eija Laurikainen, Pierre-Alain Duc et al.
    Pages 189-242
  5. Mauro D’Onofrio, Roberto Rampazzo, Simone Zaggia, Malcolm S. Longair, Laura Ferrarese, Paola Marziani et al.
    Pages 243-379
  6. Roberto Rampazzo, Mauro D’Onofrio, Simone Zaggia, George Paturel, Alessandro Boselli, Laura Ferrarese et al.
    Pages 381-477
  7. Roberto Rampazzo, Mauro D’Onofrio, Simone Zaggia, Stanislav George Djorgovski, Debra M. Elmegreen, Bianca M. Poggianti et al.
    Pages 479-508
  8. Mauro D’Onofrio, Roberto Rampazzo, Simone Zaggia, Curtis Struck, Luciana Bianchi, Bianca M. Poggianti et al.
    Pages 509-583
  9. Mauro D’Onofrio, Roberto Rampazzo, Simone Zaggia, George Lake, Cesare Chiosi, Gabriella De Lucia et al.
    Pages 585-695
  10. Mauro D’Onofrio, Simone Zaggia, Roberto Rampazzo, Antonella Vallenari, Gerald F. Gilmore, Paola Marziani et al.
    Pages 697-737
  11. Mauro D’Onofrio, Roberto Rampazzo, Simone Zaggia
    Pages 739-767
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 769-785

About this book


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.


Active Galaxies Extragalactic Astronomy Galaxy Dynamics Galaxy Evolution Galaxy Formation Galaxy Morphology Galaxy Structures History of Astronomy History of Galaxy Research Interacting Galaxies

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauro D'Onofrio
    • 1
  • Roberto Rampazzo
    • 2
  • Simone Zaggia
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di PadovaPadovaItaly
  3. 3.INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di PadovaPadovaItaly

About the editors

Mauro D'Onofrio is an associate professors at the Department of Physics and Astronomy G. Galilei, University of Padova. He is an expert in the calibration, and setup of astronomical instruments as well as of data reduction and data analysis. His research has focused on galaxies both without and with AGN. He has co-edited two previous volumes  published by Springer(on Cosmology and Quasars) written in the same interview style as this book. dalfkädslfä

Roberto Rampazzo is a staff astronomer at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova. His research focuses on interacting galaxies and early-type galaxies.

Simone Zaggia is a staff astronomer at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova. He is specialised in the dynamics of stellar systems and the structure of the Milky Way.     

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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)