The Synthesis of the Elements: The Astrophysical Quest for Nucleosynthesis and What It Can Tell Us About the Universe

The Synthesis of the Elements: The Astrophysical Quest for Nucleosynthesis and What It Can Tell Us About the Universe

by Giora Shaviv

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783642283840
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 04/13/2012
Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library , #387
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 684
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.06(d)

About the Author

After spending several years in the USA, at Caltech and Cornell, Giora Shaviv was instrumental in bringing astrophysical teaching and research to Israel ( with posts at Tel Aviv University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology). He also conceived, designed and organized the launch of the Technion student and faculty research satellite. A leading theoretical astrophysicist, Shaviv has published numerous articles on stellar physics, galaxies and astrophysical fluids in professional journals. Among his many contributions to stellar physics is a paper that Physical Review Letters selected as one of their best 20 of the past 50 years. He is also author of the highly acclaimed book "Life of Stars" (Springer, 2010). He founded the Asher Space Research Institute at the Technion with president Singer and also served as President of the Israeli Physical Society.

Table of Contents

Order in the Chemical Elements.- Preparing the Ground for Delving into the Stars.- Probingthe Stars from afar.- IsPhysicsthe Same Everywhere?.- Towards the Bottom of the Nuclear Binding Energy.- The Composition-Age-Velocity Connection.- Big and Little Bangs.- How Nature Overcomes its Own Barriers.- Beyond Carbon.- Which Star Becomes which Supernova?.- Between two Extreme Nuclear Models.- Synthesis of the Heavier-than-Iron Elements.- A Process in Search of an Environment: The r-Process.- The Elusive First Stars.- Index.

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