The Non-Radial Oscillations of Stars in General Relativity and Other Writings

The Non-Radial Oscillations of Stars in General Relativity and Other Writings

by S. Chandrasekhar
     
 

In these selections readers are treated to a rare opportunity to see the world through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most brilliant and sensitive scientists. Conceived by Chandrasekhar as a supplement to his Selected Papers, this volume begins with eight papers he wrote with Valeria Ferrari on the non-radial oscillations of stars. It then

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In these selections readers are treated to a rare opportunity to see the world through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most brilliant and sensitive scientists. Conceived by Chandrasekhar as a supplement to his Selected Papers, this volume begins with eight papers he wrote with Valeria Ferrari on the non-radial oscillations of stars. It then explores some of the themes addressed in Truth and Beauty,
with meditations on the aesthetics of science and the world it examines.
Highlights include: "The Series Paintings of Claude Monet and the
Landscape of General Relativity," "The Perception of Beauty and the
Pursuit of Science," "On Reading Newton's Principia at Age Past
Eighty," and personal recollections of Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru,
and others.

Selected Papers, Volume 7 paints a picture of Chandra's universe,
filled with stars and galaxies, but with space for poetics, paintings,
and politics.

The late S. Chandrasekhar was best known for his discovery of the upper limit to the mass of a white dwarf star, for which he received the Nobel
Prize in Physics in 1983. He was the author of many books, including
The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes and, most recently,
Newton's Principia for the Common Reader.

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Booknews
This collection of 27 reprinted articles was conceived by the distinguished astrophysicist as a supplement to his 6-volume "Selected Papers". Part one contains the record of his work with Valeria Ferrari in the final years of his life. The second half<-- >introduced by Lalitha Chandrasekhar<-->contains various essays, articles, and short pieces on themes from "Truth and Beauty", with meditations on the aesthetics of science and the world it examines, as well as several contributions to the history of astronomy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226101033
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Selected Papers Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(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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