Cosmochemistry: The Melting Pot of the Elements

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This book contains the lectures delivered at the XIII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, which reviewed current knowledge about the origin and evolution of the chemical elements in the Universe. Written by seven prestigious astrophysics researchers, it covers cosmological and stellar nucleosynthesis, abundance determinations in stars and ionized nebulae, chemical composition of nearby and distant galaxies, and models of chemical evolution of galaxies and intracluster medium.

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Review of the hardback: 'Although almost three years have passed since the course was held (the most recent references are from 2002), the articles read well because all the authors have taken the trouble to introduce their subject with useful textbook-style material and give generally thoughtful treatments … this book is of considerably more lasting value than your run-of-the-mill conference proceedings.' The Observatory
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César Esteban is a lecturer in the Department of Astrophysics, and researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.

Ramón García López is a lecturer in the Department of Astrophysics, and researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.

Artemio Herreo is a lecturer in the Department of Astrophysics, and researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.

Francisco Sánchez is Director of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.

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Table of Contents

1. Primordial alchemy: from the Big Bang to the present Universe G. Steigman; 2. Stellar nucleosynthesis N. Langer; 3. Obervational aspects of stellar nucleosynthesis D. L. Lambert; 4. Abundance determinations in HII regions and planetary nebulae G. Stasinska; 5. Element abundances in nearby galaxies D. R. Garnett; 6. Chemical evolution of galaxies and intracluster medium F.Matteucci; 7. Element abundances through the cosmic ages M. Pettini.

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