From White Dwarfs to Black Holes: The Legacy of S. Chandrasekhar

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From White Dwarfs to Black Holes chronicles the extraordinarily productive scientific career of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, one of the twentieth century's most distinguished astrophysicists. Over the course of more than six decades of active research Chandrasekhar investigated a dizzying array of subjects, including stellar structure and dynamics, the theory of radiative transfer, hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic stability, the equilibrium and stability of ellipsoidal figures of equilibrium, the general theory of relativity and relativistic astrophysics, the mathematical theory of black holes, and the theory of colliding gravitational waves and non-radial perturbations of relativistic stars.
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Collects essays originally published in a 1996 issue of the , in which scientists evaluate Chandrasekhar's contribution to their own fields of specialization. Topics include the structure and evolution of stars; radiative transfer; magnetohydrodynamics; the virial method and the classical ellipsoids; stability theory of relativistic stars; and black holes and singularities. The volume closes with a discussion of Chandrasekhar's interactions with graduate students at Yerkes Observatory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226769967
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Srinivasan is a member of the Raman Research Institute. He is also the editor of the Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, published by the Indian Academy of Sciences.

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Table of Contents

1 Stars: Their Structure and Evolution 1
2 Neutron Stars Before 1967 and My Debt to Chandra 27
3 The Stellar-Dynamical Oeuvre 31
4 Radiative Transfer 45
5 The Negative Ion of Hydrogen 65
6 S. Chandrasekhar and Magnetohydrodynamics 103
7 The Virial Method and the Classical Ellipsoids 125
8 Making the Transition from Newton to Einstein: Chandrasekhar's Work on the Post-Newtonian Approximation and Radiation Reaction 143
9 Stability Theory of Relativistic Stars 161
10 Chandrasekhar, Black Holes, and Singularities 177
11 Chandra and His Students at Yerkes Observatory 199
Contributors 239
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