Dreams, Stars, and Electrons: Selected Writings of Lyman Spitzer, Jr.

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Lyman Spitzer, Jr., is a leading astronomer whose work has revolutionized our understanding of interstellar space and plasma physics. In addition, his proposals for a large telescope in space led after many decades to the Hubble Space Telescope. Dreams, Stars, and Electrons contains some thirty of his papers, selected mainly for their relevance to present research. Some of these works have previously not been readily available. A commentary by the author, preceding each paper, gives interesting background ...
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Lyman Spitzer, Jr., is a leading astronomer whose work has revolutionized our understanding of interstellar space and plasma physics. In addition, his proposals for a large telescope in space led after many decades to the Hubble Space Telescope. Dreams, Stars, and Electrons contains some thirty of his papers, selected mainly for their relevance to present research. Some of these works have previously not been readily available. A commentary by the author, preceding each paper, gives interesting background information and summarizes some more recent work.Part I of the book is devoted to twelve papers on the gas and dust in interstellar space, beginning with the author's theory (now accepted fact) that this interstellar material in spiral galaxies is the birthplace of young stars. The final interstellar paper summarizes the extensive results obtained by the Princeton/NASA Copernicus satellite. In Part II eight papers discuss problems of stellar dynamics, including systematic acceleration of stars in random passage near interstellar clouds. Other papers analyze the evolution of a spherical cluster in the absence of external perturbations. Part III deals primarily with the early development and present performance of the Hubble telescope; and Part IV, with plasma physics, including controlled fusion. More personal writings are included in Part V.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691037028
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/1997
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Remarks
Preface
1 The Dynamics of the Interstellar Medium. I. Local Equilibrium 3
2 The Dynamics of the Interstellar Medium. III. Galactic Distribution 21
3 The Formation of Stars 48
4 The Temperature of Interstellar Matter. I 60
5 Continuous Emission from Planetary Nebulae 93
6 A Comparison of the Components in Interstellar Sodium and Calcium 110
7 On a Possible Interstellar Galactic Corona 133
8 Absorption Lines Produced by Galactic Halos 151
9 Spectrophotometric Results from the Copernicus Satellite. I. Instrumentation and Performance 158
10 Spectrophotometric Results from the Copernicus Satellite. IV. Molecular Hydrogen in Interstellar Space 169
11 Average Density along Interstellar Lines of Sight 179
12 Clouds between the Stars 189
13 The Stability of Isolated Clusters 217
14 Stellar Populations and Collisions of Galaxies 241
15 The Possible Influence of Interstellar Clouds on Stellar Velocities 254
16 Disruption of Galactic Clusters 277
17 Equipartition and the Formation of Compact Nuclei in Spherical Stellar Systems 297
18 Dynamical Evolution of Dense, Spherical Star Systems 307
19 Random Gravitational Encounters and the Evolution of Spherical Systems. I. Method 329
20 Dynamics of Globular Clusters 344
21 Astronomical Advantages of an Extra-Terrestrial Observatory 369
22 Interplanetary Travel between Satellite Orbits 381
23 History of the Large Space Telescope 395
24 The Electrical Conductivity of an Ionized Gas 409
25 Transport Phenomena in a Completely Ionized Gas 434
26 The Stellarator Concept 444
27 Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future of Fusion Research 470
28 A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Big Game Hunting 481
29 Physics of Sound in the Sea I. Transmission, Summary 486
30 H. N. Russell, Astronomer 505
31 Letter from L. Spitzer to H. Shapley, with Attached Long-Range Plan 510
32 Dreams, Stars, and Electrons 519
List of Published Papers by Lyman Spitzer, Jr. 525
Index 535
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