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Gravitational Physics of Stellar and Galactic Systems

Gravitational Physics of Stellar and Galactic Systems

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Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: July 1987
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521349758

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  • This text describes the gravitational interactions and evolution of astronomical systems on all scales, from small groups of stars through galaxies and clusters of galaxies to the Universe itself. In a rapidly developing area of astronomy, it is the first comprehensive treatise on the subject to be published since the early 1960s. Concentrating on the basic physics, at a graduate student level, it also develops many astronomical applications in considerable detail. The book is self-contained. Most results are derived from preceding ones in a straightforward way. It is written to bring out the physical content behind the mathematical formulae, and contains a number of exercises and suggestions for research topics. Bibliographies with nearly 300 selected references provide gateways into the literature.

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    ' … the author achieves a ery nice balance between mathematics, physics and astronomy as well as between the reality and simplicity of the models discussed.' Classical and Quantum Gravity

    ' … eminently readable. It is written throughout in an engaging style with a clear logical development … All this adds up to a beautifully presented account … it will be much appreciated by both practising astronomers and beginning graduate students in astronomy.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    ' … a beautifully written text on stellar physics and on dynamics … The author has produced a work of literature, indispensible to anyone working on studies of stellar and galactic systems.' New Scientist

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    • Date Published: July 1987
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521349758
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 191 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Idealized homogeneous systems - basic ideas and gentle relaxation
    2. Infnite inhomogeneous systems - galaxy clustering
    3. Finite spherical systems - cluster of galaxies, galactic nuclei, globular clusters
    4. Finite flattered systems - galaxies
    Index.

  • Author

    William C. Saslaw

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