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Astrophysics

A New Approach

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  • Unique in covering all the basic tools and numbers required for an understanding of modern astrophysics, including a representative set of formulae, in a concise manner

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Astronomy and Astrophysics Library (AAL)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-IX
  2. Cosmic Structures

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 1-25
  3. Gas Dynamics

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 27-41
  4. Radiation and Spectra

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 43-57
  5. Thermal Processes

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 59-64
  6. Magnetic Fields

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 65-73
  7. Disks

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 75-81
  8. Star Formation

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 83-85
  9. Stellar Evolution

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 87-92
  10. Degenerate Stars

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 93-102
  11. High-Energy Radiation

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 103-107
  12. Bipolar Flows

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 109-115
  13. Image Distortions

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 117-122
  14. Special Sources

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 123-138
  15. Astrobiology

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 139-157
  16. Answers to Problems

    • Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 159-160
  17. Back Matter

    Pages 161-184

About this book

For a quantitative understanding of the physics of the universe - from the solar system through the milky way to clusters of galaxies all the way to cosmology - these edited lecture notes are perhaps among the most concise and also among the most critical ones: Astrophysics has not yet stood the redundancy test of laboratory physics, hence should be aware of early interpretations. Special chapters are devoted to magnetic and radiation processes, supernovae, disks, black-hole candidacy, bipolar flows, cosmic rays, gamma-ray bursts, image distortions, and special sources. At the same time, planet earth is viewed as the arena for life, with plants and animals having evolved to homo sapiens during cosmic time. -- This text is unique in covering the basic qualitative and quantitative tools, formulae as well as numbers, needed for the precise interpretation of frontline phenomena. The author compares mainstream interpretations with new and even controversial ones he wishes to emphasize.

Keywords

  • Accretion
  • Accretion Disks
  • Biophysics
  • Bipolar Flows
  • Black Holes
  • Cosmic Rays
  • Gamma-Ray Bursts
  • astrophysics

Reviews

 From the reviews:

"The author seems to be of the [Fred] Hoyle school of independent thinkers, which is no bad thing, and if a different perspective on a topic might shed some illumination, then having a copy in the departmental library may be a worthwhile investment." (The Observatory, 2002)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institut für Astrophysik, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

    Wolfgang Kundt

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eBook USD 74.99
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  • ISBN: 978-3-662-04347-9
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