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This book provides a comprehensive, self-contained introduction to one of the most exciting frontiers in astrophysics today: the quest to understand how the oldest and most distant galaxies in our universe first formed. Until now, most research on this question has been theoretical, but the next few years will bring about a new generation of large telescopes that promise to supply a flood of data about the infant universe during its first billion years after the big bang. This book bridges the gap between theory and observation. It is an invaluable reference for students and researchers on early galaxies.
The First Galaxies in the Universe starts from basic physical principles before moving on to more advanced material. Topics include the gravitational growth of structure, the intergalactic medium, the formation and evolution of the first stars and black holes, feedback and galaxy evolution, reionization, 21-cm cosmology, and more.
Abraham Loeb is chair of the Astronomy Department and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation at Harvard University. Loeb is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form? (Princeton). Steven R. Furlanetto is associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"Loeb and Furlanetto are highly respected theorists with international reputations, and together they make a perfect team. They have picked a timely moment to introduce this frontier topic to graduate students with a carefully crafted text such as this one. The First Galaxies in the Universe is self-contained, admirably complete, and remarkably up to date."
- Richard Ellis, California Institute of Technology
"Loeb and Furlanetto have produced a marvelous text. The coverage is comprehensive, the selection of figures and illustrations is very judicious, and whenever key concepts are introduced, the authors explain them using simplified back-of-the-envelope derivations. The First Galaxies in the Universe will be peerless for quite a while, and will inspire young people to enter this exciting field at a time when the pace of discovery is heating up."
- Volker Bromm, University of Texas, Austin