This 2003 book develops the basic underlying physics required for a fuller, richer understanding of the science of astrophysics and the important astronomical phenomena it describes. The cosmos manifests phenomena in which physics can appear in its most extreme, and therefore more insightful, forms. A proper understanding of phenomena like black holes, quasars and extrasolar planets requires that we understand the physics that underlies all of astrophysics. Consequently, developing astrophysical concepts from fundamental physics has the potential to achieve two goals: to derive a better understanding of astrophysical phenomena from first principles and to illuminate the physics from which the astrophysics is developed. To that end, astrophysical topics are grouped according to the relevant areas of physics. The book is ideal as a text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students as well as a reference for established researchers.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 19 mm
'This is a brave book. It is with a pang that I opened it, for I have often dreamed of writing such a book, a book that would seamlessly unite undergraduate physics with current astronomical (or astrophysical - but what's in a name?) research ... The design is excellent.' The Observatory
"[This books] will be useful to all students of astronomy and astrophysics, irrespective of whether they intened to specialize in observational astronomy. The material can be adapted easily for various related courses, which makes the book even more valuable." Physics Today, T. Padmanabhan