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The Physics and Evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei
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Preface; 1. Observations of active galactic nuclei; 2. Nonthermal radiation processes; 3. Black holes; 4. Accretion disks; 5. Physical processes in AGN gas and dust; 6. The AGN family; 7. Main components of AGN; 8. Host galaxies of AGN; 9. Formation and evolution of AGN; 10. Outstanding questions; References; Index.

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A comprehensive introduction to the theory underpinning our study of active galactic nuclei and the ways we observe them.

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Professor Hagai Netzer is a world-class expert in the area of active galaxies and super-massive black holes. He is an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society, winner of the Humboldt and Weizmann prizes, and former director of the Wise Observatory. He has written several advanced and introductory texts in astronomy, as well as a popular science book about the search for life in the universe.

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'Professor Netzer has produced a truly impressive text on the theory and observations of active galactic nuclei. He has done a superb job of bringing both clarity and depth to what has become in recent years a very broad and complex subject. This will undoubtedly become one of the field's defining texts and a primary resource for graduate students, their teachers, and researchers alike.' Mark Whittle, University of Virginia
'... the most complete single treatment of active galactic nuclei in the literature, with a remarkably broad view of the relevant physical processes and data. Netzer's text spans the intellectual range from basic theory to observational connections, better than any other treatment of AGN that I know of. This is especially important since the things we know with most assurance are observational, and the things we want to know are theoretical conclusions at various degrees of separation from the data; here one sees the whole chains of reasoning in rich detail. The text also folds in a range of recent developments, from the connections between accretion disks and outflows, through the rich statistics from recent sky surveys, to the unfolding links between AGN and their host galaxies as a normal part of galaxy evolution ... a working reference, with useful tables and literature citations.' William C. Keel, University of Alabama
'... a rather splendid advanced textbook ... It is authoritative and complete ... if you want a single book that covers all the bases at graduate level, and gives you a jumping off point, this is the one.' The Observatory
"Professor Netzer has produced a truly impressive text on the theory and observations of active galactic nuclei. He has done a superb job of bringing both clarity and depth to what has become in recent years a very broad and complex subject. This will undoubtedly become one of the field's defining texts and a primary resource for graduate students, their teachers, and researchers alike." - Mark Whittle, Professor of Astronomy, University of Virginia
"This volume is the most complete single treatment of active galactic nuclei in the literature, with a remarkably broad view of the relevant physical processes and data. Netzer's text spans the intellectual range from basic theory to observational connections, better than any other treatment of AGN that I know of. This is especially important since the things we know with most assurance are observational, and the things we want to know are theoretical conclusions at various degrees of separation from the data; here one sees the whole chains of reasoning in rich detail. The text also folds in a range of recent developments, from the connections between accretion disks and outflows, through the rich statistics from recent sky surveys, to the unfolding links between AGN and their host galaxies as a normal part of galaxy evolution. This is a working reference, with useful tables and literature citations." - William C. Keel, Professor of Astronomy and Physics, University of Alabama
"... a rather splendid advanced textbook ... It is authoritative and complete ... if you want a single book that covers all the bases at graduate level, and gives you a jumping off point, this is the one." The Observatory

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