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by Steven D Kawaler,Carl J. Hansen

This text, designed for beginning students of stellar physics, introduces the fundamentals of stellar structure and evolution. In emphasizing the general picture of the life cycles of stars and the physics responsible, it also allows prospective specialists a taste of many of the detailed aspects of this mature discipline. The authors develop a solid foundation in important theory that is often overlooked in typical courses, yet steer clear of extraneous intensive mathematics and physics. Topics include nuclear physics and stellar energy sources, the equation of state of stellar material, phenomenological approaches to convection, and modern numerical techniques for computation of stellar evolution. Keeping pace with recent developments, the authors incorporate important elements such as asteroseismology, and the effects of rotation and magnetic fields. The text contains the source code for two useful programs, ZAMS (for constructing chemically homogeneous zero-age main sequence models) and PULS (to study the seismological properties of the ZAMS models). Some chapters include exercises. The diskette can be used on any computer with a FORTRAN compiler.
Download Stellar Interiors: Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution (Astronomy and Astrophysics Library) epub
ISBN: 038794138X
ISBN13: 978-0387941387
Category: Science
Subcategory: Astronomy & Space Science
Author: Steven D Kawaler,Carl J. Hansen
Language: English
Publisher: Springer; Corrected edition (January 1, 1995)
Pages: 447 pages
ePUB size: 1776 kb
FB2 size: 1465 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 142
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Please be aware that the binding on this book seems to be poorly done. My first copy broke the second time I opened it (the front cover came off). Amazon replaced it. The second copy is quite stiff, and I don't think it will last long.
This book is one of the best books I have had in my science academic career. Unlike a lot of books, the authors do not employee the "It can be easily seen" mentality, and actually show every step in their derivations.

The order in which the material is introduced is clear, and easy to follow. They do a great job of explaining all the notation and clarifying what steps they take.

My only complaint is that there are a number of equations that are wrong in the book. Not a LOT, but a handful. I assume most are just typos, and I have never come across a textbook with 0 mistakes. I won't get into them here, but if anyone wants the ones that I have noticed, feel free to contact me.
This is an excellent book on stellar astrophysics. It is comprehensive and detailed. The authors
know their material very well, and are able to present, discuss, and explain it concisely.
I knew a fair amount about stellar astrophysics before reading this book, but I certainly know more

The book has a little of the flavour of Chandrasekhar's work on stellar structure, to its benefit
(Chandrasekhar's book itself is grievously obsolete). Some of this influence is shown in the section on
Stellar Modelling, with its lengthy discussion of polytropes, and the Eddington standard model.

That section on stellar modelling is an excellent feature, as it is not something which necessarily finds
its way into books on stellar structure.

One matter, however. The advertised CD-ROM is not included. My copy was printed late in 2010. The material
can be found at [...]. Neither the ISBN-10 (from the book) nor the ISBN-13 (available here at Amazon)
worked, but browsing by year I found it. Shockingly, the ATMOS section and the EVOLUTION section have only
Windows executables, though there is a link in one section to what is described as modern Unix code.

Really, functional Fortran code is the icing on the cake, the cake being a very fine book on stellar astrophysics.