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Atoms, Stars, and Nebulae

Atoms, Stars, and Nebulae


  • Date Published: September 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521310406

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  • This book, first published in 1991, tells the story of how astronomy and physics work together to unravel many mysteries of stars and nebulae. Stress is laid on a non-technical description of how an understanding of these objects is obtained, not on just a mere review of facts. After a succinct, non-mathematical excursion into the principles of radiation and atomic structure, the text explains in simple terms the physical processes at work in stars and gaseous nebulae. A survey of masses, dimensions, luminosities, temperatures and chemical composition of stars is followed by an exploration of their interiors and how stars generate energy. An account of the exciting new field of high energy astronomy and the origin of cosmic rays is given at the end of the book. This is the ideal introduction for physics and astronomy students to the important field of modern astronomics. It should also appeal to amateur astronomers and the reader interested in the life history of a star.

    • First edition was published in 1943 the author is ideally qualified to write this overview and has updated and revised it extensively
    • Good track record as a textbook
    • Everything you ever wanted to know about astrophysics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521310406
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 140 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing stars and nebulae
    2. Stellar rainbows
    3. Atoms and molecules
    4. The climate in a stellar atmosphere
    5. Analysing the stars
    6. Dwarfs, giants, and supergiants
    7. What makes a star shine?
    8. The youth and middle age of a common star
    9. Wind, dust and pulsations
    10. A star's last hurray?
    11. The interstellar medium and gaseous nebulae
    12. Uncommon stars and their sometimes violent behaviour
    13. High energy astronomy.

  • Author

    Lawrence H. Aller, University of California, Los Angeles

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