Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

Stellar Interiors

Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution

Authors: Hansen, Carl J., Kawaler, Steven D

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That trees should have been cut down to provide paper for this book was an ecological afIront. From a book review. - Anthony Blond (in the Spectator, 1983) The first modern text on our subject, Structure and Evolution of the Stars, was published over thirty years ago. In it, Martin Schwarzschild described numerical experiments that successfully reproduced most of the observed properties of the majority of stars seen in the sky. He also set the standard for a lucid description of the physics of stellar interiors. Ten years later, in 1968, John P. Cox's tw~volume monograph Principles of Stellar Structure appeared, as did the more specialized text Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nuc1eosynthesis by Donald D. Clayton-and what a difference ten years had made. The field had matured into the basic form that it remains today. The past twenty-plus years have seen this branch of astrophysics flourish and develop into a fundamental pillar of modern astrophysics that addresses an enormous variety of phenomena. In view of this it might seem foolish to offer another text of finite length and expect it to cover any more than a fraction of what should be discussed to make it a thorough and self-contained reference. Well, it doesn't. Our specific aim is to introduce only the fundamentals of stellar astrophysics. You will find little reference here to black holes, millisecond pulsars, and other "sexy" objects.

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"Besides being well-written, it presents some fresh perspectives ... Well designed to be a textbook in a senior-level course both for students interested in astronomy and space, planetary and Earth sciences, and for students seeking to consolidate their understanding by using it in a broad set of applications. It can also provide a readable introduction to the subject for scientists working in related areas... The book comes with a PC diskette containing two FORTRAN programs (on stellar evolution). This is now my favorite book to use in a senior-level course."
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Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stellar Interiors
Book Subtitle
Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-0214-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-0214-8
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 446
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