Fundamental Astronomy

Fundamental Astronomy " Thanks to lcd47 !! Book Description Fundamental Astronomy gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the various fields of classical and modern astronomy. While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences. The present corrected printing of the revised and enlarged third edition of this successful textbook includes a host of new knowledge acquired in recent years. In particular the chapters on observations and on the physics of the Sun have been thoroughly revised. Language Notes Text: English (translation) Original Language: Finnish Book Info A comprehensive introduction to the various fields of classical and modern astronomy. Emphasizes both the astronomical concepts and underlying physical principles and provides a sound basis for more profound studies in astronomical sciences. Paper. DLC: Astronomy. Table of Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 Spherical Astronomy 9 3 Observations and Instruments 49 4 Photometric Concepts and Magnitudes 93 5 Radiation Mechanisms 111 6 Temperatures 129 7 Celestial Mechanics 135 8 The Solar System 161 9 Stellar Spectra 233 10 Binary Stars and Stellar Masses 251 11 Stellar Structure 261 12 Stellar Evolution 279 13 The Sun 299 14 Variable Stars 315 15 Compact Stars 329 16 The Interstellar Medium 343 17 Star Clusters and Associations 379 18 The Milky Way 389 19 Galaxies 411 20 Cosmology 439 App. A Mathematics 465 App. B Quantum Mechanics 473 App. C Theory of Relativity 475 App. D Radio Astronomy Fundamentals 480 App. E. Tables 483 Answers to Exercises 501 Further Reading 507 Photograph Credits 511 Name and Subject Index 51 Reviews: REVIEWS OF FIRST EDITION "unique among available texts and has so much to offer ... no one involved in astronomy teaching will want to be without a copy." THE PHYSICS TEACHER "a welcome addition to the 'introductory' textbooks available for astronomy courses." AMERICAN SCIENTIST "the wide range of expertise gives the book an authority that would be almost impossible for a single-author text ... there are other aids to the reader: worked examples ... starred sections in small print take the inquisitive reader beyond the general level of the book." NATURE Contemporary Physics, 1995, on a previous edition "...very clearly aimed at the science student market, and would make an excellent undergraduate or starting post-graduate textbook.... This book represents excellent value for the serious student of astronomy and astrophysics, and I would highly recommend it as a general undergraduate text. It covers the whole field of modern astronomy in a clear and concise way that is rare in modern introductory-level textbooks." The Physics Teacher, March 1989, on a previous edition "This new introduction to astronomy serves as...a first-rate reference book .... It is unique among available texts and has so much to offer... no one involved in astronomy teaching will want to be without a copy." American Scientist, March-April 1989, on a previous edition "This a welcome addition to the 'introductory' textbooks available for astronomy courses.... The figures, including photographs (some in color), diagrams, and charts are excellent.... Quantitative exercises and their solutions are included at the end of most chapters.... As the most advanced introductory text on the market it certainly warrants consideration by anyone teaching astronomy to undergraduate science majors." Nature, March 1988, on a previous edition "...the wide range of expertise gives the book an authority that would be almost impossible for a single-author text... there are other aids to the reader: worked examples... starred sections in small print take the inquisitive reader beyond the general level of the book. Finally, the volume is enhanced by its illustrations, in particular by the central color supplement.."

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