Fundamental Astronomy / Edition 5

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Fundamental Astronomy gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the topics 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 fourth edition of this successful calculus-based textbook and reference includes a wealth of new information and several chapters are restructured for clarity and improved organization. The chapters on radiation mechanisms and temperatures have been combined, and some of the material from the appendices has been redistributed to appropriate places throughout the text. In addition, the chapters on the solar system and cosmology are rewritten to reflect new understanding and tables in the appendix on the theory of relativity have been updated. Long considered a standard text for physical science majors, Fundamental Astronomy is also an excellent reference and entree for dedicated amateur astronomers.
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"No one involved in astronomy teaching or research would want to be without a copy." #The Physics Teacher#"Offers a range of expertise and authority impossible for a single-author text..." #Nature# "Fundamental ideas are developed clearly and applied to real problems, and solutions are worked out; this is the book's strength." #Sky & Telescope#
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540341437
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Edition description: 5th ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 510
  • Sales rank: 970,310
  • Product dimensions: 7.21 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Spherical Astronomy
3 Observations and Instruments
4 Photometric Concepts and Magnitudes
5 Radiation Mechanisms
6 Celestial Mechanics
7 The Solar System
8 Stellar Spectra
9 Binary Stars and Stellar Masses
10 Stellar Structure
11 Stellar Evolution
12 The Sun
13 Variable Stars
14 Compact Stars
15 The Interstellar Medium
16 Star Clusters and Associations
17 The Milky Way
18 Galaxies
19 Cosmology
A Mathematics
B Theory of Relativity
C Tables
Answers to Exercises
Further Reading
Photograph Credits
Name and Subject Index
Colour Supplement
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