A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics

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Princeton University Press, 2014 M11 28 - 304 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of ideas about the sun and the stars, from antiquity to modern times. Two theoretical astrophysicists who have been active in the field since the early 1960s tell the story in fluent prose. About half of the book covers most of the theoretical research done from 1940 to the close of the twentieth century, a large body of work that has to date been little explored by historians.


The first chapter, which outlines the period from about 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., shows that at every stage in history human beings have had a particular understanding of the sun and stars, and that this has continually evolved over the centuries. Next the authors systematically address the immense mass of observations astronomy accumulated from the early seventeenth century to the early twentieth. The remaining four chapters examine the history of the field from the physicists perspective, the emphasis being on theoretical work from the mid-1840s to the late 1990s--from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the remarkable advances through to the late 1960s, and finally, to more recent theoretical work. Intended mainly for students and teachers of astronomy, this book will also be a useful reference for practicing astronomers and scientifically curious general readers.

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Wonderfully written book about the history and the development of stellar physics from the earliest Mesopotamian myths to the standard model. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 The Age of Myths and Speculations
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Epilogue
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Appendix A Lanes Fully Convective Gas Spheres
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Appendix C Ritters Theory of Pulsating Stars
252
Appendix D Radial and Nonradial Stellar Pulsations
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Appendix E Bohrs Model of the Atom
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Appendix F Einsteins MassEnergy Relation
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Appendix G Three Important Nuclear Reactions
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General Bibliography
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Index of Names
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Index of Subjects
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Appendix B Ritters Polytropic Gas Spheres
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Jean-Louis and Monique Tassoul received the 2001 Paul and Marie Stroobant Prize of the Académie Royale de Belgique for their work on stellar rotation and stellar stability. From 1968 to 1993, Jean-Louis, whose books include Theory of Rotating Stars (Princeton), was a faculty member of the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal.

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