High Energy Astrophysics: Volume 2, Stars, the Galaxy and the Interstellar Medium

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The highly acclaimed first edition of High Energy Astrophysics instantly established itself as a classic in the teaching of contemporary astronomy. Reflecting the immense interest and developments in the subject, Professor Longair has developed the second edition into three texts; in this second volume he provides a comprehensive discussion of the high energy astrophysics of stars, the Galaxy and the interstellar medium. He develops an understanding for the essential physics with an elegance and infectious enthusiasm for which his teaching is internationally renowned, illustrating the issues throughout with results from the forefront of research. This book takes the student with an undergraduate background in physics and mathematics--but not necessarily with training in astronomy--to the point where current astrophysical research can be understood.

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Developed from his highly acclaimed High Energy Astrophysics, in this three-volume second edition Professor Longair presents a text destined to become a classic in the teaching of undergraduate astrophysics. He develops the essential physics to a level where current research can be understood with an elegance and infectious enthusiasm for which his teaching is renowned. In this, the second volume, he covers stars, the Galaxy and the interstellar medium.

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'This excellent textbook is full of enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. Students will love it.' New Scientist

'The author of this review highly appreciates careful description of physical concepts, excellent style, and clarity of arguments ... will be very uesful as a serious introduction to this important subject of contemporary astrophysics.' Vladimir Karas, Earth, Moon and Planets

'The style, typical of Longair, is direct, easy-going and captivating ... Longair's series on High Energy Astrophysics is now a classic: impressive textbooks for the specialist course of study, an indispensable compendium of current topics for the professional astronomer, a goldmine of fascinating information for the science undergraduate.' The Observatory

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