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The Chemical Evolution of the Galaxy


Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 253)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 1-56
  3. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 57-109
  4. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 111-134
  5. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 135-143
  6. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 145-172
  7. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 173-240
  8. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 241-248
  9. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 249-267
  10. Francesca Matteucci
    Pages 269-284
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 285-285

About this book


This book is based partly on a. lecture course given at the University of Tri­ este, but mostly on my own research experience in the field of galactic chemical evolution. The subject of galactic chemical evolution was started and developed by Beat­ rice Tinsley in the seventies and now is a flourishing subject. This book is dedi­ cated to the chemical evolution of our Galaxy and aims at giving an up-to-date review of what we have learned since Tinsley's pioneering efforts. At the time of writing, in fact, books of this kind were not available with the exception of the excellent book by Bernard Pagel on "Nucleosynthesis and Chemical Evolution of Galaxies" (Cambridge University Press, 1997), and the subject of galactic chem­ ical evolution has appeared only as short chapters in books devoted to other subjects. Therefore, I felt that a book of this kind could be useful. The book summarizes the observational facts which allow us to reconstruct the chemical history of our Galaxy, in particular the abundances in stars and in­ terstellar medium; in the last decade, a great deal of observational work, mostly abundance determinations in stars in the solar vicinity, has shed light on the pro­ duction and distribution of chemical elements. Even more recently more abun­ dance data have accumulated for external galaxies at both low and high redshift, thus providing precious information on the chemical evolution of different types of galaxies and on the early stages of galaxy evolution.


Galaxy Variation galaxies milky way star star formation stellar stellar evolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of TriesteItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Chemical Evolution of the Galaxy
  • Authors Francesca Matteucci
  • Series Title Astrophysics and Space Science Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6552-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-1652-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-0967-6
  • Series ISSN 0067-0057
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 285
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Astrophysics and Astroparticles
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"The development of the field (of galactic chemical evolution) in the past two decades is impressive, Matteucci herself having made significant contributions. As a planetary geochemist, I found her clear and precise treatment very useful... the book is an example of straightforward is easy to find one's way around."
(Stuart Ross Taylor, Dept. of Geology, Australian National University, Canberra in Nature 414:253 (2001)