Essential Astrophysics – Kenneth Lang – 1st Edition


Essential Astrophysics is a book to learn or teach from, as well as a fundamental reference volume for anyone interested in astronomy and astrophysics. It presents astrophysics from basic principles without requiring any previous study of astronomy or astrophysics. It serves as a comprehensive introductory text, which takes the student through the field of astrophysics in lecture-sized chapters of basic physical principles applied to the cosmos.

This one-semester overview will be enjoyed by undergraduate students with an interest in the physical sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry, engineering or physics, as well as by any curious student interested in learning about our celestial science. The mathematics required for understanding the text is on the level of simple algebra, for that is all that is needed to describe the fundamental principles.

The text is of sufficient breadth and depth to prepare the interested student for more advanced specialised courses in the future. Astronomical examples are provided throughout the text, to reinforce the basic concepts and physics, and to demonstrate the use of the relevant formulae. In this way, the student learns to apply the fundamental equations and principles to cosmic objects and situations. Astronomical and physical constants and units as well as the most fundamental equations can be found in the appendix. Essential Astrophysics goes beyond the typical textbook by including references to the seminal papers in the field, with further reference to recent applications, results, or specialised literature.

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  • 1. Observing the Universe
    2. Radiation
    3. Gravity
    4. Cosmic Motion
    5. Moving Particles
    6. Detecting Atoms in Stars
    7. Transmutation of the Elements
    8. What Makes the Sun Shine?
    9. The Extended Solar Atmosphere
    10. The Sun Amongst the Stars
    11. The Material Between the Stars
    12. Formation of the Stars and Their Planets
    13. Stellar End States
    14. A Larger Expanding Universe
    15. Origin Evolution and Destiny of the Observable Universe
    16. References
  • Citation
    • Full Title: Essential Astrophysics
    • Author/s:
    • ISBN-10: 3642359620
    • ISBN-13: 9783642359620
    • Edition: 1st Edition
    • Publication date: 2013
    • Topic: Physics
    • Subtopic: Astronomy
    • File Type: eBook
    • Idioma: English

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