Introductory Remarks

  • Ludwig Biermann
Conference paper
Part of the The IBM Research Symposia Series book series (IRSS)


In order to introduce the subject of this session, I have first to explain why we feel, that a discussion of solid state astrophysics has become worthwhile, though for many years astrophysics and solid state physics co-existed with each other without any real interaction to speak of. To this end I should make first some very general observations.


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  1. 1.
    cf. for instance A.H. Cook, 1971, Quart. J.R.A.S. 12, 154, and S.K. Runcorn ( Ed.) “The Application of Modern Physics to the Earth and Planetary Interiors”, Wiley-Interscience, 1969.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    The somewhat better known semi-final state of the so-called “white dwarfs”, which have densities only of the order of 106 gr/cm3 and which may end up in a quasi-crystallized state, will, I understand, be included in Dr. Baym’s talk.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    See B. Harrison, K. Thorne, M. Wakano, J. Wheeler (Eds.), “Gravitation Theory and Gravitational Collapse”, Univ. of Chicago Press 1965.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ludwig Biermann
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik und AstrophysikMünchenDeutschland

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