Theoretical Astrophysics: Volume 2, Stars and Stellar Systems

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9780511840159: Theoretical Astrophysics: Volume 2, Stars and Stellar Systems

This second volume of a comprehensive three-volume work on theoretical astrophysics deals with stellar physics. After reviewing the key observational results and nomenclature used in stellar astronomy, the book develops a solid understanding of central concepts including stellar structure and evolution, the physics of stellar remnants, pulsars, binary stars, the sun and planetary systems, interstellar medium and globular clusters. Throughout, the reader's comprehension is developed and tested with more than seventy-five exercises. This indispensable volume will allow graduate students to master the material sufficiently to read and engage in research with heightened understanding. It can be used alone or in conjunction with Volume 1, which covers a wide range of astrophysical processes, and the forthcoming Volume 3, on galaxies and cosmology.

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This second volume of a comprehensive three-volume course on theoretical astrophysics deals with stellar physics. Designed to help graduate students and researchers develop an understanding of the key physical processes governing stars and stellar systems, it teaches the fundamentals, and then builds on them to give the reader an in-depth understanding of advanced topics. It can be used alone or in conjunction with Volumes I and III (on astrophysical processes and on galaxies and cosmology, respectively). After reviewing the key observational results and nomenclature used in stellar astronomy, the book discusses stellar structure and evolution, the physics of stellar remnants, pulsars, binary stars, the sun and planetary systems, interstellar medium and globular clusters. More than seventy-five exercises test the reader's understanding.

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