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An introduction to the theory of stellar structure and stellar evolution

Author: Dina Prialnik
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

This lucid textbook provides undergraduate students with a clear and comprehensive introduction to the theory that predicts the birth, life and death of stars and their internal structure. It  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dina Prialnik
ISBN: 052165937X 9780521659376 0521650658 9780521650656
OCLC Number: 963664935
Description: xiii, 250 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Preface; 1. Observational background and basic assumptions; 2. The equations of stellar evolution; 3. Elementary physics of gas and radiation in stellar interiors; 4. Nuclear processes that take place in stars; 5. Equilibrium stellar configurations - simple models; 6. The stability of stars; 7. The evolution of stars - a schematic picture; 8. The evolution of stars - a detailed picture; 9. Exotic stars: Supernovae, Pulsars, Black Holes; 10. The stellar life-cycle; Appendix I. The equation of radiative transfer; Appendix II. Solutions to all the exercises; Appendix III. Physical and astronomical constants; Bibliography.
Responsibility: Dina Prialnik.


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