Selected Papers: Radiative Transfer and Negative Ion of Hydrogen

Selected Papers: Radiative Transfer and Negative Ion of Hydrogen

by S. Chandrasekhar
     
 

This is the second of six volumes collecting significant papers of the distinguished astrophysicist and Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar. His work is notable for its breadth as well as for its brilliance; his practice has been to change his focus from time to time to pursue new areas of research. The result has been a prolific career full of discoveries and insights

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This is the second of six volumes collecting significant papers of the distinguished astrophysicist and Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar. His work is notable for its breadth as well as for its brilliance; his practice has been to change his focus from time to time to pursue new areas of research. The result has been a prolific career full of discoveries and insights, some of which are only now being fully appreciated.

Chandrasekhar has selected papers that trace the development of his ideas and that present aspects of his work not fully covered in the books he has periodically published to summarize his research in each area.

Volume 2 covers primarily the period 1940-50 and includes papers on the theory of radiative transfer and on the physics and astrophysics of the negative ion of hydrogen. Of particular note are Chandrasekhar's Gibbs Lecture to the American Mathematical Society in 1946 and his "Personal Account" presented at a conference at Erevan in the U.S.S.R. in 1981. A foreword by T. W. Mullikin, a distinguished scholar in the area of radiative transfer, and an author's note provide a historical context for the papers.

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edition ($29.95) not seen. First of a projected six-volume set collecting significant papers of this distinguished physicist and Nobel laureate who has made brilliant contributions in many areas of research. Assisted by several prominent authorities on these varied topics, Chandrasekhar has chosen papers not represented adequately (or at all) in his published books, as well as papers that have historical importance. Volume 1 covers primarily the period 1930-40 and includes early work on the theory of dwarfs. In the preface, Chandrasekhar explains the criteria for selection and provides historical background. No index in the first volume. Paper See preceding entry. V.2 covers primarily the period 1940-50 and includes papers on the theory of radiative transfer and on the physics and astrophysics of the negative ion of hydrogen. Of particular note are Chandrasekhar's Gibbs Lecture to the American Mathematical Society in 1946 and his in the USSR in 1981. An author's note and a foreword by T.W. Mullikin, a distinguished expert in the area of radiative transfer, provide historical context for the papers. No index. The paper edition is available ($29.95; 10093-6). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226100937
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/1989
Series:
Selected Papers Series, #2
Edition description:
1
Pages:
622
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.46(d)

Meet the Author

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) received many awards in his career, including the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983, the National Medal of Science (U.S.), and the Copley Medal of the Royal Society (London). He was the Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department of Physics, and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.

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