"Stellar Physics" is a an outstanding book in the growing body of literature on star formation and evolution. Not only does the author, a leading expert in the field, very thoroughly present the current state of knowledge on stellar physics, but he handles with equal care the many problems that this field of research still faces. A bibliography with well over 1000 entries makes this book an unparalleled reference source.
"Stellar Evolution and Stability" is the second of two volumes and can be read, as can the first volume "Fundamental Concepts and Stellar Equilibrium," as a largely independent work. It traces in great detail the evolution of protostars towards the main sequence and beyond this to the last stage of stellar evolution, with the corresponding vast range from white dwarfs to supernovae explosions, gamma-ray bursts and black hole formation. The book concludes with special chapters on the dynamical, thermal and pulsing stability of stars.
This second edition is carefully updated in the areas of pre-supernova models, magnetorotational supernovae, and the theory of accretion disks around black holes. Additional sections have been added on strange quark stars, jet formation and collimation, radiation-driven winds in strong gravitational fields and gamma-ray bursts.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 494
Weight: 1024 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 2011
From reviews of the first edition:
"The author includes detailed discussions of the final stages of stellar evolution [. . .] He also offers in-depth results from Soviet and Russian research. Bisnovatyi-Kogan's discussion of astrophysicists' inability to produce supernova models that account for basic observations nicely summarizes the state of the art. The book's tables present many detailed results that can help validate current research models for situations in which the basic input physics - such as radiative opacities and nuclear energy generation - has not changed very much [. . .] I heartily recommend the book for researchers in the field." (Robert Deupree, PHYSICS TODAY, Feb. 2003)
"There is a lot of useful material gathered into one volume, and it should certainly be available for reference on all library shelves." (Leon Mestel, The Observatory, Vol. 122 (1169), 2002)