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The Sun as a Star

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  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521464642

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  • Using mathematics appropriate for advanced undergraduate students in physics, this textbook provides a broad and wide-ranging introduction to the Sun as a star. Tayler provides succinct derivations of key results--such as the properties of spectral lines, the theory of stellar oscillations, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics and dynamo theory--in nine handy appendices, ensuring that the book is completely self contained. Altogether, this is an invaluable textbook for students studying the Sun, stars, the solar-terrestrial environment and the formation of planetary systems.

    • Established Press author: Galaxies and The Stars each sold more than 2100
    • First student book to present a synthesised view of the theory of the sun, stars, the solar system and other planetary systems
    • Completely self-contained - derivations of key results provided in succinct appendices
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    "Roger Tayler's 'The Sun As a Star', a modern precis of Hale's idea, is an excellent introduction to the Sun and its local environment. Tayler...admirably reviews, at the vector calculus level, basic plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics...The book flows well, with summaries of each chapter and detailed coverage of collateral topics in appendices...Tayler's book is needed and should remain a useful introduction to the subject for some years." Sallie Baliunas, Physics Today

    "Tayler's book provides a good starting point for a scientist or engineer who is interested in learning more about the Sun and active stars." Meteoritics & Planetary Science

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    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521464642
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 84 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Symbols
    Numerical values
    1. Introduction
    2. Observations of the Sun and other stars
    3. The quiet Sun and stellar evolution
    4. Magnetic fields and fluid motions
    5. The active Sun
    6. Activity in other stars
    7. Solar-terrestrial relations
    8. The origin of the solar system
    9. Concluding remarks
    Appendix 1. Thermodynamic equilibrium
    Appendix 2. The Zeeman effect
    Appendix 3. Atomic energy levels and spectral lines: forbidden transitions
    Appendix 4. Theory of solar oscillations
    Appendix 5. Motion of a charged particle in uniform electric and magnetic fields
    Appendix 6. Magnetohydrodynamic waves
    Appendix 7. Dynamo maintenance of magnetic fields
    Appendix 8. Plasma properties
    Appendix 9. Motion of a charged particle in a spatially varying magnetic field
    Suggestions for further reading
    Index.

  • Author

    Roger John Tayler, University of Sussex

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