Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

Stellar Structure and Evolution

Authors: Kippenhahn, Rudolf, Weigert, Alfred

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About this Textbook

The attempt to understand the physics of the structure of stars and their change in time - their evolution - has been bothering many physicists and astronomers ever since the last century. This long chain of successful research is well documented not only by numerous papers in the corresponding journals but also by a series of books. Some of them are so excellently written that despite their age they can still be recommended, and not only as documents of the state of the art at that time. A few outstanding examples are the books of R. Emden (1907), A. S. Eddington (1926), S. Chandrasekhar (1939), and M. Schwarzschild (1958). But our science has rapidly expanded in the last few decades, and new aspects have emerged which could not even be anticipated, say, 30 years ago and which today have to be carefully explored. This does not mean, however, that our ambition is to present a complete account of the latest and most refined numerical results. This can well be left to the large and growing number of excellent review articles. The present book is intended rather to be a textbook that will help students and teachers to understand these results as far as possible and present them in a simple and clear manner. We know how difficult this is since we ourselves have tried for the largest part of our scientific career to understand "how the stars work" - and then to make others believe it.

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From the reviews
"... many excellent volumes on this subject have been written. In my opinion, this one is the best."
D.L. Faulkner in: Australian & New Zealand Physicist, 1995

"Will clearly be the standard text in the subject."
N.H. Baker, Columbia University

"Kippenhahn and Weigert's work compares favorably with the few similar works, many of which are now out of date. It is superior to some others in eschewing elegance of mathematical analysis in favor of a comprehensive understanding of the observed and deduced properties of stars, from their initial formation to their final collapse."
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Table of contents (43 chapters)

  • Coordinates, Mass Distribution, and Gravitational Field in Spherical Stars

    Kippenhahn, Rudolf (et al.)

    Pages 2-5

  • Conservation of Momentum

    Kippenhahn, Rudolf (et al.)

    Pages 6-14

  • The Virial Theorem

    Kippenhahn, Rudolf (et al.)

    Pages 15-18

  • Conservation of Energy

    Kippenhahn, Rudolf (et al.)

    Pages 19-26

  • Transport of Energy by Radiation and Conduction

    Kippenhahn, Rudolf (et al.)

    Pages 27-35

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Softcover $99.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stellar Structure and Evolution
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-61523-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-61523-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-58013-3
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 468
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics