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The distribution of elements in the cosmos is the result of many processes, and it provides a powerful tool to study the Big Bang, the density of baryonic matter, nucleosynthesis and the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. This textbook, by a pioneer of the field, provides a lucid and wide-ranging introduction to the interdisciplinary subject of galactic chemical evolution for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. It is also an authoritative overview for researchers and professional scientists.
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"This book fills a gap in astrophysical literature...certainly helpful for any instructor who wishes to teach a one-semester course on these subjects, especially because the author has included many end-chapter problems with hints for their solutions. The author has also added many valuable comments at the end of the chapters that are helpful for researchers in the field...a conceptually very successful and useful book." Mounib El Eid, Transport in Porous Media

"Each topic is explained from the ground up, giving the reader all the information needed to proceed further. The book manages to present(without losing scientific rigour) one of the most fascinating subjects of modern astrophysics." Nature

"This is a good and useful book...The astrophysicist will find the astronomical lore enlightening, and the astronomer will find references to discussions of the underlying physics." Physics Today

"Intended for upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and faculty in the physical sciences, this work will be useful to professionals who need to learn or review the current thinking in nucleosynthesis. Good index; very good bibliography." CHOICE

"Each topic is explained from the ground up, giving the reader all the information needed to proceed further. The book manages to present(without losing scientific rigour) one of the most fascinating subjects of modern astrophysics." Cesare Chiosi, Nature vol.393

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521840309
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Pagel won the Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in 1990, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1992. He served as a member of the MNRAS editorial board from 1970-1984, and was Vice President of the RAS from 1973-1976.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction and overview 1

2 Thermonuclear reactions 17

3 Cosmic abundances of elements and isotopes 49

4 Cosmological nucleosynthesis and abundances of light elements 119

5 Outline of stellar structure and evolution 152

6 Neutron capture processes 206

7 Galactic chemical evolution: basic concepts and issues 225

8 Some specific GCE models and related observational data 251

9 Origin and evolution of light elements 306

10 Radioactive cosmochronology 327

11 Chemical evolution in other sorts of galaxies 345

12 Cosmic chemical evolution and diffuse background radiation 374

App. 1 Some historical landmarks 399

App. 2 Some physical and astronomical constants 405

App. 3 Time-dependent perturbation theory and transition probabilities 407

App. 4 Polytropic stellar models 413

App. 5 Dissipation and abundance gradients 418

App. 6 Hints for problems 420

References 431

Index 453

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