An introduction to the theory of stellar structure and evolution

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"Using fundamental physics, the theory of stellar structure and evolution can predict how stars are born, how their complex internal structure changes, what nuclear fuel they burn, and their ultimate fate. This textbook is a stimulating introduction for undergraduates in astronomy, physics and applied mathematics, taking a course on the physics of stars. It uniquely emphasizes the basic physical principles governing stellar structure and evolution. This second edition contains two new chapters on mass loss from stars and interacting binary stars, and new exercises. Clear and methodical, it explains the processes in simple terms, while maintaining mathematical rigor. Starting from general principles, this textbook leads students step-by-step to a global, comprehensive understanding of the subject. Fifty exercises and full solutions allow students to test their understanding. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required, and only a basic background in physics and mathematics is necessary"--Provided by publisher. "Stellar evolution calculations have made great progress in recent years, following the rapid development of computational means: increasingly faster CPUs and greater memory volumes. Nevertheless, I have made use of new results only when they provide better illustration for points raised in text. For themost part, old results are still valid and this long-term validity is worth emphasizing; the theory of stellar structure and evolution, with all its complexity, is a well-established physical theory. The text was"--Provided by publisher.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge; New York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages314
ISBN (Electronic)131628316X, 1316284670
ISBN (Print)0521866049, 9780521866040
StatePublished - 2010

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Stars -- Evolution
  • Stars -- Structure
  • Stellar evolution
  • Stellar structure
  • Structure, Stellar


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