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Astronomy: A Physical Perspective

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  • Date Published: October 2003
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521529273

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  • This fully revised and updated text is a comprehensive introduction to astronomical objects and phenomena. By applying some basic physical principles to a variety of situations, students will learn how to relate everyday physics to the astronomical world. Starting with the simplest objects, the text contains explanations of how and why astronomical phenomena occur, and how astronomers collect and interpret information about stars, galaxies and the solar system. The text looks at the properties of stars, star formation and evolution; neutron stars and black holes; the nature of galaxies; and the structure of the universe. It examines the past, present and future states of the universe; and final chapters use the concepts that have been developed to study the solar system, its formation; the possibility of finding other planetary systems; and the search for extraterrestrial life. This comprehensive text contains useful equations, chapter summaries, worked examples and end-of-chapter problem sets.

    • Solutions manual available for instructors from solutions@cambridge.org
    • Conceptual approach explores the physical explanations behind astronomical observations
    • Covers the major forefront areas of astronomy, complete with numerous full colour illustrations throughout
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    'It is a textbook, but the author shows that a 'higher level' book can still be visually attractive. it is an important contribution to the literature intended for serious students, but it could catch any reader's imagination … Students at many levels could enjoy the book, and at the same time see for themselves the application of the physics and mathematics they are learning.' Gnomon

    '… recommended for all amateur astronomers …'. Orion

    '… it's quite difficult to find a general astronomy text that can be recommended to … first year undergraduates with the expectation that they'll still find it useful in their final year A Physical Perspective … enters the field as an outstanding candidate to fill that role … first-rate …' The Observatory

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521529273
    • length: 598 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 190 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.66kg
    • contains: 291 b/w illus. 406 colour illus. 13 tables 937 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Properties of Ordinary Stars:
    2. Continuous radiation from stars
    3. Spectral Lines in stars
    4. Telescopes
    5. Binary stars and stellar masses
    6. The Sun: a typical star
    Part II. Relativity:
    7. Special relativity
    8. General relativity
    Part III. Stellar Evolution:
    9. The main sequence
    10. Stellar old age
    11. The death of high mass stars
    12. Evolution in close binaries
    13. Clusters of stars
    Part IV. The Milky Way:
    14. Contents of the interstellar medium
    15. Star formation
    16. The Milky Way galaxy
    Part V. The Universe at Large:
    17. Normal galaxies
    18. Clusters of galaxies
    19. Active galaxies
    20. Cosmology
    21. The Big Bang
    Part VI. The Solar System:
    22. Overview of the solar system
    23. The Earth and Moon
    24. The inner planets
    25. The outer planets
    26. Minor bodies in the solar system
    27. The origin of life
    Appendices.

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    Marc L. Kutner

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    • Astronomy & Astrophysics
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    • General Astronomy I: The Solar System
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    • Introductory Astronomy
    • Principles of Astronomy
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    Marc L. Kutner, University of Texas, Austin
    Marc Kutner is a Visiting Scientist in the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin.

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