Preface; 1. Secular evolution in disk galaxies John Kormendy; 2. Galaxy morphology Ronald J. Buta; 3. Dynamics of secular evolution James Binney; 4. Bars and secular evolution in disk galaxies: theoretical input E. Athanassoula; 5. Stellar populations Reynier F. Peletier; 6. Star formation rate indicators Daniela Calzetti; 7. The evolving interstellar medium Jacqueline van Gorkom; 8. Evolution of star formation and gas Nick Z. Scoville; 9. Cosmological evolution of galaxies Isaac Shlosman.
Graduate-level text on galaxy evolution, one of the most popular research topics in astrophysics, with chapters contributed by leading astronomers.
Dr Jesus Falcon-Barroso is Head of the Research Group on 'Traces of Galaxy Formation' at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife. His main research areas include the development of stellar population models, unraveling the nature of bars and bulges, and the formation and evolution of dwarf elliptical galaxies. Dr Johan H. Knapen is Head of the Research Division at Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife, and a visiting professor at the University of Hertfordshire. He is an observational astronomer studying the structure, dynamics and evolution of spiral galaxies.