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Zdenek Kopal's Binary Star Legacy

Editors: Drechsel, Horst, Zejda, Miloslav (Eds.)

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An international conference entitled "Zdenek Kopal's Binary Star Legacy" was held on the occasion of the late Professor Kopal's 90th birthday in his home town of Litomyšl/Czech Republic and dedicated to the memory of one of the leading astronomers of the 20th century.

Professor Kopal, who devoted 60 years of his scientific life to the exploration of close binary systems, initiated a breakthrough in this field with his description of binary components as non-spherical stars deformed by gravity, with surfaces following Roche equipotentials. Such knowledge triggered the development of new branches of astrophysics dealing with the structure and evolution of close binaries and the interaction effects displayed by exciting objects such as cataclysmic variables, symbiotic stars or X-ray binaries.

Contributions to this conference included praise of the achievements of a great astronomer and personal reminiscences brought forward by Kopal's former students and colleagues, and reflected the state of the art of the dynamically evolving field of binary research, which owes so much to the pioneering work of Zdenek Kopal.

Table of contents (74 chapters)

Table of contents (74 chapters)
  • Digging Foundations for the “Royal Road”

    Pages 3-15

    Batten, Alan H.

  • One Fellow’s View of the “Royal Road”

    Pages 17-31

    Budding, Edwin

  • Reminiscences of a Japanese Contemporary

    Pages 33-41

    Kitamura, Masatoshi

  • RR CrB and Algol — The First and Last Star in Zdeněk Kopal’s Life with Binaries

    Pages 43-54

    Šolc, Martin

  • Atmospheric Eclipses in WR+O Binaries: From Kopal and Shapley to Present Days

    Pages 55-65

    Cherepashchuk, A.M.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Zdenek Kopal's Binary Star Legacy
Editors
  • Horst Drechsel
  • Miloslav Zejda
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3875-4
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3875-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3131-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6802-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 488
Additional Information
Reprinted from ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE, 296:1-4, 2005
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