This book provides a comprehensive account of the scientific
results on high-redshift galaxies accumulated during the past ten
years. Apart from summarizing and critically discussing the wealth
of observational data, the observational methods which made it
possible to study these very distant and extremely faint objects
are described in detail. Moreover, the technical feasibilities and
physical limitations for existing and for future ground-based and
space-based telescopes are discussed. Thus, apart from summarizing
the knowledge accumulated so far, the book is designed as a tool
for planning future observational and instrumental programs and
In view of the potential importance of the observational results
of the high-redshift universe for basic physics the book is written
for astronomers as well as for physicists without prior
astronomical knowledge. For this purpose it contains introductory
chapters describing the basic concepts and notations used in modern
astronomy and a brief overview of the present knowledge of the
local universe. The individual chapters provide detailed
information, summaries and references on all important aspects and
problems pertaining to the subject. The objective of the book is
therefore to provide a thorough introduction to the topic for
interested researchers. Students interested in extragalactic
astronomy will find important information not (yet) available in
standard academic texts. The book will also be a valuable companion
text for special lectures on the high-redshift universe and cosmic
evolution. And it will be an important tool for research students
starting a thesis in the field of extragalactic astronomy and
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