Galactic Evolution: A Survey of Recent Progress

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Science  07 May 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4546, pp. 571-580
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4546.571


Current observational knowledge bearing on the evolution of elliptical and disk galaxies is reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying the factors that appear common to all galaxies of a particular type as opposed to those that seem to depend on environmental conditions. The success of various classes of galactic formation and evolution models used to confront these data is evaluated.

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