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Classical stellar evolution theories have undergone some drastic changes in recent decades. New insights into the development of stellar interiors were obtained from studying stars in various stages of their lives, as well as with the help of fast computers, which gave a boost to the branch of numerical modelling of stellular structure and evolution.
This book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the general aspects of stellular structure and evolution including a chapter on numerical modelling. The second part deals with specific evolutionary aspects of single and binary stars with a variety of masses. The last chapter gives several models of stars with specific masses.
The book is intended as an introduction for students, as well as a reference for researchers.
Foreword. 1. Introduction to the Stars. 2. The Equations of Stellar Structure. 3. The Equation of State. 4. Nuclear Reaction Rates. 5. Nuclear Burning in Stellar Interiors. 6. Astrophysical Opacities. 7. Stellar Convection. 8. Numerical Techniques. 9. The Formation of Stars. 10. Stellar Evolution During the Successive Nuclear Burning Phases. 11. The Evolution of Low Mass Stars. 12. The Evolution of Intermediate Stars (2.3-6M). 13. The Evolution of Massive Stars. 14. Final Stages of Single Star Evolution. 15. The Evolution of Binary Stars: General Considerations. 16. The Evolution of Low and Intermediate Mass Binaries. 17. The Evolution of Massive Close Binaries. 18. Final Stages of Close Binary Evolution. 19. Structure and Evolutionary Models for Single and Binary Stars. Annex: Polytropes. References. General References. Literature per Chapter. Subject Index.