Fundamental Astronomy

ISBN-10: 3540341439
ISBN-13: 9783540341437
Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 6/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 510
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.024

Fundamental Astronomy gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the topics of classical and modern astronomy. While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences. The fifth edition of this successful undergraduate textbook has been extensively modernized and extended in the parts dealing with the Milky Way, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology as well as with extrasolar planets and the solar system (as a consequence of recent results from satellite missions and the new definition by the International Astronomical Union of planets, dwarf planets and small solar-system bodies). Furthermore a new chapter on astrobiology has been added. Long considered a standard text for physical science majors, Fundamental Astronomy is also an excellent reference and entr??e for dedicated amateur astronomers.

Hannu Karttunen is a Systems Manager at Tuorla Observatory, University of Turku.

Frank Y. Wang received his Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in New York, and is currently an assistant professor of mathematics at F. H. LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York. His research interests include theory of neutron stars and black holes, relativistic mechanics, and high-energy astrophysics. He is an ardent advocate of computer algebra in education and a frequent contributor to the Maple Application Center.

Introduction
Spherical Astronomy
Observations and Instruments
Photometric Concepts and Magnitudes
Radiation Mechanisms
Celestial Mechanics
The Solar System
Stellar Spectra
Binary Stars and Stellar Masses
Stellar Structure
Stellar Evolution
The Sun
Variable Stars
Compact Stars
The Interstellar Medium
Star Clusters and Associations
The Milky Way
Galaxies
Cosmology
Astrobiology
Appendices
Mathematics
Theory of Relativity
Tables
Answers to Exercises
Further Reading
Photograph Credits
Name and Subject Index
Colour Supplement

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