From White Dwarfs to Black Holes: The Legacy of S. Chandrasekhar / Edition 2

From White Dwarfs to Black Holes: The Legacy of S. Chandrasekhar / Edition 2

by G. Srinivasan
ISBN-10:
0226769976
ISBN-13:
9780226769974
Pub. Date:
05/28/2000
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press

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From White Dwarfs to Black Holes: The Legacy of S. Chandrasekhar / Edition 2

From White Dwarfs to Black Holes chronicles the extraordinarily productive scientific career of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, one of the twentieth century's most distinguished astrophysicists. Among Chandrasekhar's many discoveries were the critical mass that makes a star too massive to become a white dwarf and the mathematical theory of black holes. In 1983 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for these and other achievements.

Over the course of More than six decades of active research Chandrasekhar investigated a dizzying array of subjects. G. Srinivasan notes in the preface to this book that "the range of Chandra's contributions is so vast that no one person in the physics or astronomy community can undertake the task of commenting on his achievements." Thus, in this collection, ten eminent scientists evaluate Chandrasekhar's contributions to their own fields of specialization. Donald E. Osterbrock closes the volume with a historical discussion of Chandrasekhar's interactions with graduate students during his more than quarter century at Yerkes Observatory.

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ISBN-13: 9780226769974
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Edition description: 1
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Stars: Their Structure and Evolution1
2Neutron Stars Before 1967 and My Debt to Chandra27
3The Stellar-Dynamical Oeuvre31
4Radiative Transfer45
5The Negative Ion of Hydrogen65
6S. Chandrasekhar and Magnetohydrodynamics103
7The Virial Method and the Classical Ellipsoids125
8Making the Transition from Newton to Einstein: Chandrasekhar's Work on the Post-Newtonian Approximation and Radiation Reaction143
9Stability Theory of Relativistic Stars161
10Chandrasekhar, Black Holes, and Singularities177
11Chandra and His Students at Yerkes Observatory199
Contributors239

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