An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics / Edition 2

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Overview

An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Second Edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the dramatic changes and advancements in astrophysics that have occurred over the past decade. The Second Edition of this market-leading book has been updated to include the latest results from relevant fields of astrophysics and advances in our theoretical understanding of astrophysical phenomena. The Tools of Astronomy: The Celestial Sphere, Celestial Mechanics, The Continuous Spectrum of Light, The Theory of Special Relativity, The Interaction of Light and Matter, Telescopes; The Nature of Stars: Binary Systems and Stellar Parameters, The Classification of Stellar Spectra, Stellar Atmospheres, The Interiors of Stars, The Sun, The Process of Star Formation, Post-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution, Stellar Pulsation, Supernovae, The Degenerate Remnants of Stars, Black Holes, Close Binary Star Systems; Planetary Systems: Physical Processes in the Solar System, The Terrestrial Planets, The Jovian Worlds, Minor Bodies of the Solar System, The Formation of Planetary Systems; Galaxies and the Universe: The Milky Way Galaxy, The Nature of Galaxies, Galactic Evolution, The Structure of the Universe, Active Galaxies, Cosmology, The Early Universe; Astronomical and Physical Constants, Unit Conversions Between SI and cgs, Solar System Data, The Constellations, The Brightest Stars, The Nearest Stars, Stellar Data, The Messier Catalog, Constants, A Constants Module for Fortran 95 (Available as a C++ header file), Orbits, A Planetary Orbit Code (Available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI), TwoStars, A Binary Star Code (Generates synthetic light and radial velocity curves; available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI), StatStar, A Stellar Structure Code (Available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI), StatStar, Stellar Models, Galaxy, A Tidal Interaction Code (Available as Java), WMAP Data. For all readers interested in moden astrophysics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805304022
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 8/4/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1400
  • Sales rank: 202,772
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley Carroll received his B.A. in Mathematics and a Secondary Teaching Credential from the University of California, Irvine, his M.S. in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his Ph.D. Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Brad's lifelong fascination with astronomy, combined with a happy naivete concerning what lay ahead, led him to graduate school at CU Boulder. His thesis, supervised by Carl Hansen and John Cox, was a study of the effect of rotation on pulsating stars. Brad then headed east to work as a postdoc with Hugh Van Horn at the University of Rochester, where he carried out research on the oscillations of accretion disks and neutron stars. At both CU Boulder and the U of R, he learned the virtues of making simple models of complex astrophysical systems. .

Four years later, as the postdoc came to an end, Brad was lucky to find a teaching position in the Physics Department at Weber State University, and doubly lucky that Dale Ostlie was there. It is rare to find two experts in Stellar pulsation in the same institution and department, especially when their outlooks are congenial. .

Brad truly enjoys teaching which gives him the chance to share the wonders of the physical world with his students. Such a background served him well (especially his naivete about what lay ahead) when he and Dale decided to write An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics. Now that the book and solutions manual, are completed, Brad once again has the time to enjoy traveling, camping, and fishing.


Dale A. Ostlie's long-time interest in astronomy began with his childhood fascination in the space program, including vividrecollections of watching the Apollo missions with his family. His interest in teaching was born from his experiences as a student, being fortunate to have had excellent instructors and mentors in high school, college, and graduate school. During graduate school, Dale had the opportunity to spend a significant period of time working with Dr. Arthur N. Cox and the theoretical astrophysics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. While at Los Alamos, Dale was introduced to great number of exciting and challenging problems in astrophysics, which spurred his interest in developing a broad exposure to the discipline.

After completing his graduate thesis on Mira variable stars, and after a two-year teaching position at Bates College in Maine, Dale accepted a teaching position at Weber State University. With WSU nestled up against the Wasatch mountains of Utah, Dale is able to indulge his addictions to skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking. One year after Dale arrived at Weber State, Brad Carroll was hired, and their partnership in stellar pulsation studies and text-book writing was born. Sharing many of the same pedagogical views, as well as a dedication to producing the best possible text, Brad and Dale worked for six years to write An Introduction to Modern Stellar Astrophysics and An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, and another year to produce the Instructor's Solutions Manual. Work related to the texts continues today with the maintenance of a collection of web pages associated with the books, including discussions of new discoveries since the publication of the texts in 1996.


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Table of Contents

I. The Tools of Astronomy

1. The Celestial Sphere

2. Celestial Mechanics

3. The Continuous Spectrum of Light

4. The Theory of Special Relativity

5. The Interaction of Light and Matter

6. Telescopes

II. The Nature of Stars

7. Binary Systems and Stellar Parameters

8. The Classification of Stellar Spectra

9. Stellar Atmospheres

10. The Interiors of Stars

11. The Sun

12. The Process of Star Formation

13. Post-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution

14. Stellar Pulsation

15. Supernovae

16. The Degenerate Remnants of Stars

17. Black Holes

18. Close Binary Star Systems

III. Planetary Systems

19. Physical Processes in the Solar System

20. The Terrestrial Planets

21. The Jovian Worlds

22. Minor Bodies of the Solar System

23. The Formation of Planetary Systems

IV. Galaxies and the Universe

24. The Milky Way Galaxy

25. The Nature of Galaxies

26. Galactic Evolution

27. The Structure of the Universe

28. Active Galaxies

29. Cosmology

30. The Early Universe

Appendixes

A. Astronomical and Physical Constants

B. Unit Conversions Between SI and cgs

C. Solar System Data

D. The Constellations

E. The Brightest Stars

F. The Nearest Stars

G. Stellar Data

H. The Messier Catalog
I. Constants, A Constants Module for Fortran 95 (Available as a C++ header file)

J. Orbits, A Planetary Orbit Code (Available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI)

K. TwoStars, A Binary Star Code (Generates synthetic light and radial velocity curves; available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI)

L. StatStar, A Stellar Structure Code (Available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI)

M. StatStar, Stellar Models

N. Galaxy, A Tidal Interaction Code (Available as Java)

O. WMAP Data

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