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1. Introduction to Modern Astrophysics,
2. Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction
3. Astrophysics for Physicists
4. High-Energy Astrophysics (Princeton
5. Astrophysics Processes: The Physics
6. Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy
7. The High Energy Universe: Ultra-High
8. Accretion Power in Astrophysics
9. Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics
10. Foundations of Astrophysics
11. High Energy Astrophysics
12. An Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics
13. Theoretical Astrophysics: Volume
14. Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics:
15. Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
16. Particle Astrophysics, Second
17. Plasma Physics for Astrophysics
18. Massive Neutrinos in Physics and
19. Astrophysics
20. Theoretical Astrophysics: Volume

1. Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, An (2nd Edition)
by Bradley W. Carroll, Dale A. Ostlie
Hardcover: 1400 Pages (2006-07-28)
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Asin: 0805304029
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Second Edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the dramatic changes and advancements in astrophysics that have occurred over the past decade. The Second Edition of this market-leading book has been updated to include the latest results from relevant fields of astrophysics and advances in our theoretical understanding of astrophysical phenomena. The Tools of Astronomy: The Celestial Sphere, Celestial Mechanics, The Continuous Spectrum of Light, The Theory of Special Relativity, The Interaction of Light and Matter, Telescopes; The Nature of Stars: Binary Systems and Stellar Parameters, The Classification of Stellar Spectra, Stellar Atmospheres, The Interiors of Stars, The Sun, The Process of Star Formation, Post-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution, Stellar Pulsation, Supernovae, The Degenerate Remnants of Stars, Black Holes, Close Binary Star Systems; Planetary Systems: Physical Processes in the Solar System, The Terrestrial Planets, The Jovian Worlds, Minor Bodies of the Solar System, The Formation of Planetary Systems; Galaxies and the Universe: The Milky Way Galaxy, The Nature of Galaxies, Galactic Evolution, The Structure of the Universe, Active Galaxies, Cosmology, The Early Universe; Astronomical and Physical Constants, Unit Conversions Between SI and cgs, Solar System Data, The Constellations, The Brightest Stars, The Nearest Stars, Stellar Data, The Messier Catalog, Constants, A Constants Module for Fortran 95 (Available as a C++ header file), Orbits, A Planetary Orbit Code (Available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI), TwoStars, A Binary Star Code (Generates synthetic light and radial velocity curves; available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI), StatStar, A Stellar Structure Code (Available as Fortran 95 and C++ command line versions, and Windows GUI), StatStar, Stellar Models, Galaxy, A Tidal Interaction Code (Available as Java), WMAP Data. For all readers interested in moden astrophysics.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Serious Students of Astrophysics: This Should Be in Your Library
I am a graduate student (2008) with a BA degree in geoscience/astronomy.I have had Carroll and Ostlie's (C-O) "An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics" or as we students referred to it: "Bob" (for Big Orange Book) both first and second editions, for over 10 years and I find that I consult it often: e.g. when I get stuck on a concept such as spectral line-widths or absorption line wings and depths.The math is there and can be intimidating, but folks, you can't learn the phenomena behind the things you see in telescopes or hear on the news unless you know a bit of math!A normal introductory astronomy textbook just does not have the depth of explanation that C-O 2ed has.
Great things about this book:
1.) It is pretty complete giving a bit of historical insight into astronomy all the way through Celestial Dynamics, the Solar System, Galaxies and the Universe, Cosmology plus modern Lambda Cold Dark Matter (CDM), the current consensus model of the universe's structure and possible fate.
2.) The physics are covered in-line in the text meaning, contextually and in an applied manner.An example is the Radiative Processes (bound-bound, bound-free, free-free, and Electron-scattering are covered in Chapter 9 applied to opacity in stellar atmospheres.This is the best way for astronomers to learn the supporting physics as opposed to the author just throwing out the theory with its arcane math as an "exercise for the student" to apply!.
3.) The authors have given consistent ongoing support for the text on a website with errata, supporting diagrams as download-able .jpegs, plus all of the data (constants, planetary info, etc) in download-able datafiles.I just applied over 100 corrections for typos that the authors have collected on the second edition!
This one feature is worth the price of the text and it wasn't cheap!I have to say that, in my many years as a student of science, that "An Introduction to Astrophysics, 2Ed" is almost unique in its ongoing support of the text with errata corrections.
4.) Be warned: there are no trivial problems at the ends of the chapters in my experience.No "plug and chug" calculations.I have learned there is a solutions manual and I am working on acquiring that.The problems start at a challenging level for first year graduate astrophysics students and go up from there.You might not get an answer after working for some hours on these problems, but you will learn a lot in the process!
In summary, there is no text I have found of comparable scope, written with more effective pedagogical technique, and with more lasting value for the serious astrophysics student than "An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, 2nd Ed" by Carroll and Ostlie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent junior level astrophysics textbook
This is a modern text in all ways. It's a massive tome with all of the extra information one might want (as a reference) along with code for working on software-based projects integrated with the class. As an instructor, it's hard for me to picture how to make this book much better (other than a simple update including a final move away from FORTRAN). The students generally come to appreciate it after dealing with the initially daunting thickness and weight of the book.

Required physics background is first year introductory physics only. Math background only of high school level calculus. Some descriptive astronomy background might be nice, but that's easy enough in self-study or with the instructor adding some material in as the class progresses.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book of Astronomical Proportions
This book is incredibly ambitious. It strives to teach you just about the entirety of Modern Astrophysics in one comprehensive text. Any further pursuits would simply be delving into more detail of one of the topics covered. Therefore, it's the ideal reference book for anyone interested in the subject.

After surveying what's currently available and what's being used by professors, it's widely agreed to be the proper text to prepare you for a graduate pursuit of the subject.

For those reasons, I picked it up because I wanted the best book to teach myself Astrophysics. With a decent background in physics, and mathematical competency in the Calc III/DE area, I was able to follow along very well, and completed the book in about 4 months (but skipped many of the problems).

As a whole the book is supreme in content, organization, clarity, and level of detail considering the range of information it covers. My only complaint throughout (and primarily because I was studying it on my own) is that there are no solutions provided or available to the general public. Nevertheless, the problems are challenging and fun to think about. As you go through them and the chapters, Carroll & Ostlie will bring you to the brink of what's known in the areas being described, will be clear about what's still being dealt with in the field, and will leave you wanting to look into each of the current unresolved issues at a deeper level.

Because of these reasons, Introduction to Modern Astrophysics 2nd ed. achieved what I've only encountered once before in regards to a text of such astronomical proportions (the other being Molecular Biology of the Cell 4th ed.), that even after 1200+ pages, it left me wanting much, much more.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction for undergraduate students
As a PhD student, after a brief review of the book, I can say that it is a soft general introduction to astrophysics for students that are not concerned in that matter. A specialistic book is necessary to deeply enter in a specific field of astrophysics. Anyway, it is a good initiation to astrophysics in general.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming for 1 semester
I have just recently completed a 1-semester course using this book. It was taught tutorial-style where we were to read a chapter and come to class with questions on the book. This book has way too much information for one semester. The other students and I all agreed that we had to spend so much time trying to keep up with the current readings and homework from each chapter that there is really no way to learn & remember much from this book if it is taught in only 1 semester. We did omit a handful of chapters, the first 3, and the ones on the solar system, about 3-4 more in the middle of the book. If you are to teach the course, I reccomend you include chapter 3 because many subsequent chapters refer to it and I had to read the whole chapter anyway.
As for the content of the book, it is well organized and presented fairly clearly. Most of the math is followable to senior level students in the fields of physics and engineering. Discussions of many phenomenon are extremely thorough and multiple theories for phenomenon of unknown origin are presented.
As for complaints...
The authors are optical astronomers so there is a lot more information regarding this branch of astronomoy than there is for radio astronomy.
The solar system chapters are not that well put together, the reason our class decided to skip them.
The book contains a large number of errors. There is a list of corrections available on the publishers website, but it can still be confusing.
This book is getting old. In a field where there have been huge technical advances in the last 20 years, it might be wise to consider the new edition. ... Read more

2. Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Mike Inglis
Paperback: 206 Pages (2007-08-23)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Astrophysics is a subject that is often - with some justification - regarded as extremely difficult, requiring at least degree-level mathematics as a prerequisite to its understanding. Consequently, many amateur astronomers just don't bother, and miss out on the fascinating fundamentals of the subject, and often on an understanding of exactly what they are observing.

Mike Inglis' quantitative approach to astrophysics cuts through all the incomprehensible mathematics, and explains all aspects of astrophysics in simple terms.

A unique feature of this book is the way that example objects for practical observation are given at every stage, so that practical astronomers can go and look at the objected or objects under discussion, using only commercial amateur equipment.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good but marred by many errors
The book promises to present a treatment of astrophysics which can be understood at a reasonably deep level while keeping the mathematics in the background. To a large extent, the author succeeds in doing this. The main text has almost no mathematics, while for those who wish to go a little deeper into the subject matter, there are boxed paragraphs which explain the topic in more detail.All in all, this is a good book to read, but unfortunately there are many typographical mistakes, which can in some cases confuse the reader. For instance, in box 1.3 on p8, the word "distance" in the first line of the third paragraph from the end should read "luminosity". In Table 1.2 on p9, the very last entry in the right hand column should be 100,000,000 and not 10,000,000.On p19, the statement that temperature is proportional to temperature is incorrect.It is, as the author states a few lines above, proportional to the fourth power of temperature, which is not the same thing.Clearly the author is trying to simplify matters for the non-mathematical reader, but this is not license to make incorrect statements.Many of the coordinates given for various objects are incorrect.An observer using a goto telescope and the author's coordinates to point to the famous double-double in Lyra would end up with the telescope pointing deep into the southern hemisphere.Same comment about 61 Cygni, NGC 891 etc, etc.
If the author is contemplating a second edition, it should be thoroughly proof-read before publication. I would also suggest that footnotes, rather than end of chapter notes would be less disruptive when reading the book.

It is a pity that a book of such promise looks to have been produced in a rush.I still have no hesitation in recommending it, but the reader should not necessarily accept everything in it as correct.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, brief and enjoyable.
The Universe is full of Wonders which many of us may never be aware of, comprehend or fully appreciate. For many, the scientific methods and tools used to learn and understand the Universe seem to be out of the grasp. Unfortunately, even dedicated Amateur Astronomers are susceptible to this myth as many may believe that these scientific discoveries and methods belong to a special kind of people in science institutes and collages. This book comes to prove that it's possible to learn how to unravel and understand some of the universe's hidden treasures and mysteries without literally go out on a limb.
You start by understanding the Measurements of Star Magnitudes, Luminosity, and Temperature and even get a grasp on the most important tool used by Astronomers the popular tool HR Diagram. Know how to classify stars and understand their formation and demise. Learn how to appreciate the beauty of Clusters, Nebulas and the power of Supernova's and Black holes. I have to admit, there is a bit of math in there, you can easily follow its logic and apply it to real life examples and get the results that previously looked like Gobbledygook belonging to the realm of Mad Scientists. Its not easy reading, you do need to read it carefully, and reread it again and again to gain the level of understanding required to appreciate its contents. There are many books out there on Astronomy, some are quiet rich in content and literally quiet heavy, but this one is simple, brief and enjoyable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astrophysics IS easy!
I used to love day-dreaming about space when I was a kid. This book makes me feel that sense of wonder and amazement again - and I can understand most of it! I spent a day at the planetarium in New York, and I felt like I could deliver my own lecture to the audience. And the best thing is - I bought this for my son, and we share our interest in and awe for the universe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intended to help the amateur astronomer take a step into the physics of astronomy
This is a great little book. Whenever I give a talk on my astrophysics research (in high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos) to the amateur astronomers, I mention this book as a good step for expanding their knowledge of the science underlying their hobby. Professional and amateur astronomy are a long distance apart, though many scientists got interested in science first from looking at the skies. This book helps bridge the gap somewhat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got your telescope?Your binoculars?Your two eyes?Well, point them UP
Astrophysics (or at least a general introduction to it) really IS easy with this friendly book geared toward amateur astronomers.An introduction to the heavens, cobbled together with science and telescope viewing tips, doesn't sound much like a romantic outing but believe me, halfway through the book you'll begin lusting for a telescope.The author's enthusiasm is infectious. The text proceeds incrementally, and basic concepts are repeated often, so you'll be dropping terms like "Cepheid variable", "Roche lobe" and "type II supernova" at the breakfast table before you know it.

A word, though, about the Kindle addition.ANY text like this comes with pictures, diagrams, etc---and the Kindle (at least the small one) just isn't the right medium for them.I found myself frustrated often as I pressed sys, wormed the cursor over pictures, then sat very still trying to enlarge.It's not the Kindle's fault--I knew it'd be a problem, and now I don't have this great book on paper.Next time I'll remember to confine my Kindle purchaces strictly to novels. ... Read more

3. Astrophysics for Physicists
by Choudhuri Arnab Rai
Hardcover: 490 Pages (2010-04-30)
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Asin: 0521815533
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Designed for teaching astrophysics to physics students at advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level, this textbook also provides an overview of astrophysics for astrophysics graduate students, before they delve into more specialized volumes. Assuming background knowledge at the level of a physics major, the textbook develops astrophysics from the basics without requiring any previous study in astronomy or astrophysics. Physical concepts, mathematical derivations and observational data are combined in a balanced way to provide a unified treatment. Topics such as general relativity and plasma physics, which are not usually covered in physics courses but used extensively in astrophysics, are developed from first principles. While the emphasis is on developing the fundamentals thoroughly, recent important discoveries are highlighted at every stage. ... Read more

4. High-Energy Astrophysics (Princeton Series in Astrophysics)
by Fulvio Melia
Paperback: 388 Pages (2009-01-26)
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Asin: 0691140294
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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High-energy astrophysics involves the study of exceedingly dynamic and energetic phenomena occurring near the most extreme celestial objects known to exist, such as black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs, and supernova remnants. High-Energy Astrophysics provides graduate and advanced undergraduate students with the most complete, self-contained introduction to the subject available. This textbook covers all the essentials, weaving together the latest theory with the experimental techniques, instrumentation, and observational methods astronomers use to study high-energy radiation from space.

Fulvio Melia introduces topics at the forefront of today's research, including relativistic particles, energetic radiation, and accretion disk theory. No other textbook offers such a thorough yet concise treatment of the key aspects of high-energy astrophysics--both theoretical and observational--or delves as deeply into modern detection techniques, satellite systems, and analytical and numerical modeling used by theoreticians. Amply illustrated, High-Energy Astrophysics is also ideal for researchers interested in the application of fundamental physical laws to understand how matter and radiation behave in regions of the universe where physical conditions are most extreme.

Uniquely weaves together the theoretical and experimental aspects of this important branch of astronomy Features stunning images of the high-energy sky Fully describes the principal classes of high-energy sources, with an in-depth study of many archetypal objects within them Provides an excellent, self-contained resource for the classroom, written by a preeminent researcher and teacher in the field ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet high-energy astrophysics text
I have always taught this class from Longair's classic texts (High Energy Astrophysics: Volume 1, Particles, Photons and their Detection and High Energy Astrophysics: Volume 2, Stars, the Galaxy and the Interstellar Medium), but would probably use this book instead when I next teach HE astrophysics. This book is clean, concise, well organized, and well written. Its primary fault is tangled in there with its positive attributes. Sometimes it's just too concise and doesn't go into enough depth. It's probably a better textbook than a reference book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to High Energy Astrophysics!
"A teaspoon full of matter from a Neutron star weighs more than all of humanity combined and dropping a marshmallow onto the surface of a neutron star releases energy equivalent to a medium sized atomic bomb."

This is the world of high energy astrophysics.

I actually read that snippet from this book while in the bookstore and boy did it really catch my interest. I am not an Astrophysicist or an Astronomer. In fact I am not even a scientist. I am an architectural photographer who just happens to be a space junkie. I am an amateur backyard astronomer and do a lot of astrophotoghraphy, the sun being my favorite subject. With that being said I do a lot of astronomy/physics reading, both online and offline. I personally find the subjects involved in high energy astrophysics to be the most interesting. Black holes, Neutron Stars, White Dwarfs, SuperNova remnants, Magnetars etc.. They just fascinate me like very few things can.

This book gives an outstanding overview to the field of high energy astrophysics but be forewarned, this is not an easy read as its intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. High energy astrophysics involves the study of phenomena occurring near the most extreme celestial objects known to exist. Again this includes such objects as Black Holes, SuperNova remnants, White Dwarfs, Magnetars, Pulsars, galaxy clusters, gamma-ray burts etc..

This book covers all the bases including observational methods, experimental techniques, and the instrumentation used to study these objects. I personally found the information on instrumentation to be extremely fascinating and very well written. Even tho there were parts of this book that were clearly over my "level", I still found this book to be an amazing read and overall I learned a lot about this field, the subject matter, and techniques used to study such phenomena. Its easily one of the best astronomy books I have read yet.

If your interested in such subject matter and have a good background in astronomy, physics, and mathematics then this book should definitely be on your bookshelf.

5 stars!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact and Complete
There is something for everyone in this book. People interested in
observational techniques and data will appreciate the overview in the
first few chapters. Those more interested in the theoretical
interpretation of high-energy sources will find ample discussion of
the physical principles underlying these objects in the rest of the
book. But don't expect to see the most complete discussion of this
subject here. This book is intended more as a compact overview of the
central topics, and in this regard, it works quite well. I found the
list of references particularly helpful. Anyone interested in learning
more about any particular sub-topic will find the references up-to-date
and very relevant. Overall, this will make a great addition to your

5-0 out of 5 stars Timely and Beautifully Written
Though HE astrophysics is a rapidly developing scientific discipline,
there hasn't yet appeared a modern book written to present the many
advances being made in this field---until now. Melia's HE Astrophysics
fills that void with a well-thought out list of topics, including both
the experimental and theoretical elements of this important branch of
astronomy and astrophysics. There is probably too much information here
to cover in a single-semester class, but the student will find it easy
to read beyond the material assigned to any given course that adopts
this book, since Melia's writing style is elegant and compact. I found
it also interesting that the problems and solutions are being
distributed in a separate volume. No doubt this separation was chosen
to make it easier for someone other than a student interested in this
field to read it as a monograph rather than a textbook. All in all,
this book belongs on the shelves of any serious astronomer or
astrophysicist, alongside Weinberg's classic book on Gravitation, and
Rybicki's book on Radiative Processes. Over time, it will become one
of the most important selections in Princeton's famed astrophysics
series which, by the way, includes another classic book, Binney's
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5. Astrophysics Processes: The Physics of Astronomical Phenomena
by Hale Bradt
Hardcover: 536 Pages (2008-10-27)
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Asin: 0521846560
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Bridging the gap between physics and astronomy textbooks, this book provides step-by-step physical and mathematical development of fundamental astrophysical processes underlying a wide range of phenomena in stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy. The book has been written for upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students, and its strong pedagogy ensures solid mastery of each process and application. It contains over 150 tutorial figures, numerous examples of astronomical measurements, and 201 exercises. Topics covered include the Kepler-Newton problem, stellar structure, binary evolution, radiation processes, special relativity in astronomy, radio propagation in the interstellar medium, and gravitational lensing. Applications presented include Jeans length, Eddington luminosity, the cooling of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, Doppler boosting in jets, and determinations of the Hubble constant. This text is a stepping stone to more specialized books and primary literature. Password-protected solutions to the exercises are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521846561.
For information on Astronomy Methods: A Physical Approach to Astronomical Observations also by Hale Bradt, please click here. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to figure what class I'd use this book for, but it is a nice book...
It's sort of a junior or senior level text in astrophysics which seems to be aimed at astronomy students. That is students with some interest and background in fairly observational astronomy. Physics students would be lacking the observational aspects and might find the book less than rigorous in places. So, junior or senior astronomy students. That's not a lot of people, and many of them will have had an intro astrophysics class that would have covered some fraction of this material already.

Okay, that said, it's a really nice textbook. Well written, extremely clear, and connects nicely to current research. In fact, pairing this class with astronomy seminars could work nicely.

Another possibility is for the amateur astronomer. If they have a fair physics and math background (perhaps quite rusty) this could make an excellent introduction to astrophysics for the astronomy fan. Worth considering... ... Read more

6. Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy
by Anil K. Pradhan, Sultana N. Nahar
Hardcover: 400 Pages (2011-01-31)
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Spectroscopy enables the precise study of astronomical objects and phenomena. Bridging the gap between physics and astronomy, this is the first integrated graduate-level textbook on atomic astrophysics. It covers the basics of atomic physics and astrophysics, including state-of-the-art research applications, methods and tools. The content is evenly balanced between the physical foundations of spectroscopy and their applications to astronomical objects and cosmology. An undergraduate knowledge of physics is assumed, and relevant basic material is summarised at the beginning of each chapter. The material is completely self-contained and features sufficient background information for self-study. Advanced users will find it handy for spectroscopic studies. A website hosted by the authors contains updates, corrections, exercises and solutions, as well as news items from physics and astronomy related to spectroscopy. A link to this can be found at www.cambridge.org/9780521825368. ... Read more

7. The High Energy Universe: Ultra-High Energy Events in Astrophysics and Cosmology
by Péter Mészáros
Hardcover: 222 Pages (2010-10-18)
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In the last two decades, cosmology, particle physics, high energy astrophysics and gravitational physics have become increasingly interwoven. The intense activity taking place at the intersection of these disciplines is constantly progressing, with the advent of major cosmic ray, neutrino, gamma ray and gravitational wave observatories for studying cosmic sources, along with the construction of particle physics experiments using beams and signals of cosmic origin. This book provides an up-to-date overview of the recent advances and potential future developments in this area, discussing both the main theoretical ideas and experimental results. It conveys the challenges but also the excitement associated with this field. Written in a concise yet accessible style, explaining technical details with examples drawn from everyday life, it will be suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other readers interested in the subject. Colour versions of a selection of the figures are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521517003. ... Read more

8. Accretion Power in Astrophysics (Cambridge Astrophysics S.)
by Juhan Frank, Andrew King, Derek Raine
Paperback: 398 Pages (2002-02-11)
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This newly expanded and thoroughly updated third edition examines accretion as a source of energy in both binary star systems containing compact objects, and in active galactic nuclei. Assuming a basic knowledge of physics, the authors describe the physical processes at work in accretion discs and other accretion flows. New material includes a detailed treatment of disc instabilities, irradiated discs, disc warping, and general accretion flows. The treatment is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers. ... Read more

9. Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics (Saunders Golden Sunburst Series)
by Stephen A. Gregory, Michael Zeilik
Hardcover: 672 Pages (1997-08-21)
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Asin: 0030062284
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This focused, advanced undergraduate text provides broad coverage of astronomy and astrophysics with a strong emphasis on physics. Many researchers, faculty, and graduate students use this book as a reference. This text has an algebra and trigonometry prerequisite, but calculus is preferred.Features: * "Concept Applications" are fully worked-out, in-chapter problems that focus on an important concept found within that chapter. * "Key Equations and Concepts" neatly summarize the important equations and concepts found in each chapter.New to this edition: * Many new problems have been added, most 3rd Edition problems remain. * Physics Prelude serves as preview and preorganizer of the physics at a level appropriate to the book and the course. * Reorganization of Part 3--Chapters on stellar evolution are now consecutive. * Key new astronomical material further enhances the text. * "Hale-Bopp Comet Update" has been added after Chapter 26. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars There are better books to be had for an intro astronomy class
Obviously Physical Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy (Series of Books in Astronomy) is the standard by which all introductory astronomy books must be measured. This book is more expensive, less clear, has more typos and even glaring errors. But it's newer, and more "up to date." I'd explain to the students that we're going to use an old book and I'd fill in newer research as needed as we go along. It's not as if there are fundamental changes to how stars work, Galaxies form, or how telescopes work. (Especially not at an introductory level.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Book review
It was very good, reliable and the product is what I expected to be. Thank you for the safe shipping, I wish the shipping was a little faster though.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad reference book for astrophysics students
This book is an ok reference book, if you've already seen the material in the book.The price is way too high.Whatever you do don't pay 180 bucks for this book. The preliminary section is weirdly way harder than the main text of the book. I had as my freshman astrophysics course text book and nearly dropped the course because the prelimary section was so scary. My biggest problem is the book uses MKS not CGS units. This would make the book more acessible to the reader with a physics (but no astronomy) background, but only does a disservice to the reader who wishes to use this book as a bridge to more advanced astronomical literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intro to Astronomy
Nicely written textbook for the first year student in astronomy and astrophysics.Clearly written.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory book in astronomy/astrophysics
I used this book in an independent study class in astronomy and astrophysics while I was an undergraduate.With the exception of the some errors in the equations in the opacity section I found this book to be clearly written and not too difficult.You will need to know your college physics and some math but that should be expected since this is not a descriptive text.If you want a descriptive astronomy text search elsewhere, if you want an introductory astrophysics text this is a good choice. ... Read more

10. Foundations of Astrophysics
by Barbara Ryden, Bradley M. Peterson
Hardcover: 608 Pages (2009-03-20)
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Asin: 0321595580
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Key Benefit: Foundations of Astrophysics provides a contemporary and complete introduction to astrophysics for astronomy and physics majors. This book is briefer and more accessible than other books in the market, and is the most up-to-date book available in this fast-changing field. With a logical presentation and conceptual and quantitative end-of-chapter problems, the material is easier-to-grasp for introductory astrophysics readers.

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Early Astronomy, Emergence of Modern Astronomy, Orbital Mechanics, The Earth-Moon System, Interaction of Radiation and Matter, Astronomical Detection of Light, The Sun, Overview of the Solar System, Earth and Moon, The Planets,  Small Bodies in the Solar System, The Solar System in Perspective, Properties of Stars, Stellar Atmospheres, Stellar Interiors, The Interstellar Medium,

Formation and Evolution of Stars, Stellar Remnants, Our Galaxy, Galaxies, Active Galaxies, Clusters and Superclusters, Cosmology, History of the Universe

Market: Intended for those interested in learning the basics of astrophysics

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3-0 out of 5 stars Informative, but not very useful
I just took an entry level course in astrophysics which required the use of this book. The book overall is a good effort to combine many different areas of foundational astrophysics while trying to go in depth in a few areas, but more often than not one can get lost in trying to follow along some of the derivations, even with a decent knowledge in math, physics, and mechanics. There are essentially no actual example questions to gain practice from, and the exercise questions at the end of each chapter are extremely vague and poorly worded. Descriptions of many topics are indeed in depth and easy to read, so essentially its like reading the same topics off wikipedia. It has a lot of information, but when it gets to the exercises and math, its just not complete.
The course I took was good, but this book was not a great resource.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Undergrad Astrophysics textbook
I read through much of this book and was very pleased.
I would target it at Physics students who have had at least 2 years of physics and calculus.
The book often used for these students is one by Zeilik
which I have found full of typos(typos in derivations, in math, and even in the constants in the back of the book!) and doesn't flow smoothly and sometimes omits essential explanations.

Foundations of Astrophysics by Ryden and Peterson does a more complete explanation of atomic processes and of Solar System formation and flows smoother. It covers nearly all the topics in Zeilik as well as expands upon some material.

So far I have not found any typos and the examples and derivations are well explained and interesting.
As yet I have not seen a solutions manual published, the authors might want to consider publishing one, they are always useful!

Thank you to the authors for writing what I hope will become a heavily used text for undergrad astrophysics!

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11. High Energy Astrophysics
by Malcolm S. Longair
Hardcover: 856 Pages (2011-01-31)
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Providing students with an in-depth account of the astrophysics of high energy phenomena in the Universe, the third edition of this well-established textbook is ideal for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in high energy astrophysics. Building on the concepts and techniques taught in standard undergraduate courses, this textbook provides the astronomical and astrophysical background for students to explore more advanced topics. Special emphasis is given to the underlying physical principles of high energy astrophysics, helping students understand the essential physics. Now consolidated into a single-volume treatment, the third edition has been completely rewritten. It covers the most recent discoveries in areas such as gamma-ray bursts, ultra-high energy cosmic rays and ultra-high energy gamma rays. The topics have been rearranged and streamlined to make them more applicable to a wide range of different astrophysical problems. ... Read more

12. An Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics
by Francis LeBlanc
Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-05-25)
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An Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics aspires to provide the reader with an intermediate knowledge on stars whilst focusing mostly on the explanation of the functioning of stars by using basic physical concepts and observational results.

The book is divided into seven chapters, featuring both core and optional content:

  • Basic concepts
  • Stellar Formation
  • Radiative Transfer in Stars
  • Stellar Atmospheres
  • Stellar Interiors
  • Nucleosynthesis and Stellar Evolution and
  • Chemically Peculiar Stars and Diffusion.

Student-friendly features include:

  • Detailed examples to help the reader better grasp the most important concepts
  • A list of exercises is given at the end of each chapter and answers to a selection of these are presented.
  • Brief recalls of the most important physical concepts needed to properly understand stars.
  • A summary for each chapter
  • Optional and advanced sections are included which may be skipped without interfering with the flow of the core content.

This book is designed to cover the most important aspects of stellar astrophysics inside a one semester (or half-year) course and as such is relevant for advanced undergraduate students following a first course on stellar astrophysics, in physics or astronomy programs. It will also serve as a basic reference for a full-year course as well as for researchers working in related fields. ... Read more

13. Theoretical Astrophysics: Volume 3, Galaxies and Cosmology
by T. Padmanabhan
Paperback: 640 Pages (2002-10-14)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This timely volume provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of cosmology and extragalactic astronomy at an advanced level. Beginning with an overview of the key observational results and necessary terminology, it covers important topics: the theory of galactic structure and galactic dynamics, structure formation, cosmic microwave background radiation, formation of luminous galaxies in the universe, intergalactic medium and active galactic nuclei. This self-contained text has a modular structure, and contains over one hundred worked exercises. It can be used alone, or in conjunction with the previous two accompanying volumes (Volume I: Astrophysical Processes, and Volume II: Stars and Stellar Systems). ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Poor layout but good material
I own the first 2 volumes of this set that I had to get for a Graduate Astrophysics class.

In the chapters we covered relevant to Stellar Structures, I found that while these books contain pretty much everything you need to do a calculation, the material is so dense that you can pass right over an explanation.

Volume I is entirely mathematical, all relevant formulas.
Volume II is more explanation, but with references to Volume I for derivations. However the explanations can be quite dense for a grad student to absorb without reading it several times.

The Index of the book is the worst part, you cant look up anything. It would be EXTREMELY helpful if he would fix that in a new edition.

He also uses the same letter to represent different things within a chapter or subject. This gets annoying, but anyone in physics knows about this problem with any book you read. For example in the first chapter he uses 'K' to represent 5 things. ... Read more

14. Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics: Volume 1, Basic Stellar Observations and Data
by Erika Böhm-Vitense
Paperback: 256 Pages (1989-08-25)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This textbook introduction to the basic elements of fundamental astronomy and astrophysics serves as a foundation for understanding the structure, evolution, and observed properties of stars.The first half of the book explains how stellar motions, distances, luminosities, colors, radii, masses and temperatures are measured or derived.The author then shows how data of these sorts can be arranged to classify stars through their spectra. Stellar rotation and stellar magnetic fields are introduced.Stars with peculiar spectra and pulsating stars also merit special attention.The endpoints of stellar evolutions are briefly described. There is a separate chapter on the Sun and a final one on interstellar absorption.The usefulness of this text is enhanced by the inclusion of problems for students, tables of astronomical constants, and a selective bibliography. This is an excellent textbook for undergraduate and beginning graduate students studying astronomyand astrophysics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good good
The condition of the book is very good. I would like to buy from this seller again.


4-0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics Vol 1
This is an excellent series Vol 1 thur 3 for the person wishing to review the basics of stellar astrophysics.I stress the words review for the author assumes at least a basic level of knowledge on how astronomical data is measured.The reader is cautioned to be versed in basic mathematical skills up through the beginning calculus level as detailed worked out examples are not provided in the text.At the conclusion of this and Volumes 2 and 3 are a series of chapter review problems for which there are no answers provided.Volume 2 and 3 deal with stellar atmospheres and interiors.

This is a good set of volumes and worth having if you are knowledgeable in the subject.It is not a self teaching set but a sound set to be used for classroom work at the intermediate level.

My only real complaint was that the author did not provide worked out answers to the problem sets at the end of each book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for teaching
I used this book for teaching the undergraduates. Although some chapters were not directly useful, the major part of it was very good. Some more illustrative examples would make it still more easy to grasp. ... Read more

15. Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
by George B. Rybicki, Alan P. Lightman
Paperback: 400 Pages (1985-03-26)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Radiative Processes in Astrophysics This clear, straightforward, and fundamental introduction is designed to present—from a physicist’s point of view—radiation processes and their applications to astrophysical phenomena and space science. It covers such topics as radiative transfer theory, relativistic covariance and kinematics, bremsstrahlung radiation, synchrotron radiation, Compton scattering, some plasma effects, and radiative transitions in atoms. Discussion begins with first principles, physically motivating and deriving all results rather than merely presenting finished formulae. However, a reasonably good physics background (introductory quantum mechanics, intermediate electromagnetic theory, special relativity, and some statistical mechanics) is required. Much of this prerequisite material is provided by brief reviews, making the book a self-contained reference for workers in the field as well as the ideal text for senior or first-year graduate students of astronomy, astrophysics, and related physics courses. Radiative Processes in Astrophysics also contains about 75 problems, with solutions, illustrating applications of the material and methods for calculating results. This important and integral section emphasizes physical intuition by presenting important results that are used throughout the main text; it is here that most of the practical astrophysical applications become apparent. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Almost Perfect Book for a Course on Astrophysics
One of the peculiarities of Astrophysics is that, as a
subject, is difficult to teach. It requires to go deep into
the physics of the objects under study (which span the whole
Universe) but alto to keep a broad view (the so called "Big
Picture") since most of the objects and their histories
cannot be understood if they are isolated from the others.
One of the problems a teacher faces is, hence, how to strike a
balance between these two disparate goals within the limited
time of one or two academic terms.

Rybicki and Lightman success with this book is to take the
physics of astrophysical problems involving radiation from
the general approaches of the physics books to the particular
conditions of most of the cases that astronomy cares about
without leaving rigorousity along the way. With a little
abuse of language: They bring Physics a step closer to

On the other hand, the area of actual applications that
astronomers use is almost neglected. For example, the
introductory chapters on Radiative Transfer and Black
Body Radiation could have served to motivate a chapter on
theoretical basis of photometry (theoretical approach to
color indices, extinction by dust or other microscopic
particles). This would have given the student a more
realistic flavor of the tools that astrophysicists use
in their everyday (every night?) work. The Problem Sets,
in addition, are claiming for a few numerical
applications to profit from the, now easily available
to students, computer power.

Every serious astrophysics teacher and student should
use this book... and think hard on how to take the
next step from Rybicki and Lightman to the Absolute
Magnitude versus Color Index diagrams.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Discussion
Thorough, concise, and very readable. Topics are clearly presented, equations are elegantly explained. One of the most useful texts I own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Standard Text in the Field
This is THE standard text in the field of astrophysical radiation processes. Covers most processes of interest for the astrophysicist, at a depth adequate for graduate students. Well written and understandable. A must buy, despite the very high price. ... Read more

16. Particle Astrophysics, Second Edition (Oxford Master Series in Physics)
by D.H. Perkins
Paperback: 336 Pages (2009-02-04)
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The last years have seen a symbiosis of the fields of elementary particle physics and the astrophysics of the early universe. This text presents the background of the subjects and the latest developments at a level suitable for final year undergraduates and beginning graduate students. The first chapters cover the properties and interactions of elementary particles followed by discussion of the early universe, including inflation, dark matter and dark energy, and the growth of the galactic structure. The final chapters discuss cosmic rays and particle physics in the stars. The close relation between particle interactions and large scale development of the cosmos is a constant theme in the text, with emphasis on the interplay between experiment and theory.

This book is an enlarged and updated version of the first edition published five years ago. In a rapidly evolving field, emphasis has of course been placed on the most recent developments. However, the opportunity has also been taken to re-arrange the material and present it in more detail and at somewhat greater length. ... Read more

17. Plasma Physics for Astrophysics (Princeton Series in Astrophysics)
by Russell M. Kulsrud
Paperback: 456 Pages (2004-11-28)
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In this book, a distinguished expert introduces plasma physics from the ground up, presenting it as a comprehensible field that can be grasped largely on the basis of physical intuition and qualitative reasoning, similar to other fields of physics. Plasmas are ionized gases that can be found in a hydrogen bomb explosion, the confinement chamber of an experimental fusion reactor, the solar corona, the aurora borealis, the interstellar medium, and the immediate vicinity of a gravitational black hole. Not surprisingly, plasma physics appears to consist of numerous topics arising independently from astrophysics, fusion physics, and other practical applications, and hence it remains a field poorly understood even by many astrophysicists. But, in fact, most of these topics can be approached from the same perspective, with a simple, physical intuition.

Selecting simple examples and presenting them in a simultaneously intuitive and rigorous manner, Russell Kulsrud guides readers through a careful derivation of the results and allows them to think through the physics for themselves. Thus, they are better prepared for complex cases and more general results. The first eleven chapters present topics by their importance to plasma physics while the last three chapters emphasize the field's astrophysical applications, applying the results accrued earlier. Throughout, many problems illustrate the field's applications. Based on a course the author taught for many years, Plasma Physics for Astrophysics is intended for graduate students as well as for working astrophysicists. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Quite good, but...
This book deals with not only fundamental physics of plasma but also interesting and concrete issues such as aurora, accretion disk, solar wind and so on. These topic are very educational, so I love it. However, there are a lot of misprints. I have a difficulty reading this book because of this...
I really think this book is great, but if you use this, keep the fact in mind, please.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Excellence
This is a superb book-by far the best of the numerousbasic texts on plasma physics available today.Though oriented toward astrophysical applications,this book will also be useful to physicists and engineers wishing to study general plasma physics in preparation for research in space physics,magnetic or inertial fusion,or plasma applications.The treatment of MHD isinsightful, elegant and profound,and the chapters on Alfven's theorem, MHD waves,the energy principle and basic reconnection theory are the best of their kind in this type of basic text.The discussions of collision theory and Braginskii fluids arealso quite good,as is the treatment of particle orbits.The presentationsof kinetic theory,collisionless wave dynamics,and of quasilinear and nonlinear plasma theory are rather terse andsparse,but are still deep (albeit selectively)and thought provoking.The advanced chapters on cosmic ray acceleration and dynamo theory are unique treatents of topics of current research and so necessarily reflect both the author's deep insights into , and strong opinionson, thesesubjects, for which our understandingis still evolving.The only real weak point of the book is its rather paltry discussion of collisionless shocks-a topic of great importance to many applications inmodern astrophysics such as GRBs,AGNs,etc.
The many problems are interesting and conceptually oriented ,and so stress physical insight over technical detail.These are a real strength of this text,which will stimulate and challenge even the best students.
All told,the manypositives for this book overwhelm the fewnegatives, and make it a classic whose value will endure for many years to come.Its a must for all plasma physicists!!

4-0 out of 5 stars More on cosmic plasma
This useful text is a companion to the classic, definitive, Cosmic Plasma by Hannes Alfven. It is part of an essential reference library for understanding the role of electricity and magnetism in astrophysical objects. It is a welcome quantitative description of these phenomena in a field characterised by hand-waving and not much science.The Virtue of Heresy: Confessions of a Dissident Astronomer ... Read more

18. Massive Neutrinos in Physics and Astrophysics, Third Edition (World Scientific Lecture Notes in Physics, Vol. 72)
by R. N. Mohapatra, Palash B. Pal
Paperback: 476 Pages (2004-05)
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The recent groundbreaking discovery of nonzero neutrino masses and oscillations has put the spotlight on massive neutrinos as one of the key windows on physics beyond the standard model as well as into the early universe. This third edition of the invaluable book Massive Neutrinos in Physics and Astrophysics is an introduction to the various issues related to the theory and phenomenology of massive neutrinos for the nonexpert, providing at the same time a complete and up-to-date discussion on the latest results in the field for the active researcher. It is designed not merely to be a guide but also as a self-contained tool for research with all the necessary techniques and logics included. Specially emphasized are the various implications of neutrino discoveries for the nature of new forces. Elementary discussions on topics such as grand unification, left–right symmetry and supersymmetry are presented. The most recent cosmological and astrophysical implications of massive neutrinos are also dealt with. ... Read more

19. Astrophysics
by William K Rose
Paperback: 304 Pages (2011-02-17)
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A study of the birth, evolution, and final state of stars, this text examines star formation and protostars, variable stars, red giants, planteary nebulae, novae and galactic x-ray sources, white dwarfs, and supernovae and the formation of heavy elements. Additional topics include pulsars, neutron stars, galaxies, and cosmology. 1973 edition.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A complete treatise
When you work in other field and want to have a complete image of what astrophysics is, but do not have enough time for read more than two hundred pages, then this book is for you. It uses the mathematical language thatmake it a serious treatise and covers a fine range of actaul knowledge.

5-0 out of 5 stars A complete treatise
When you work in other field and want to have a complete image of what astrophysics is, but do not have enough time for read more than two hundred pages, then this book is for you. It uses the mathematical language thatmake it a serious treatise and covers a fine range of actaul knowledge. ... Read more

20. Theoretical Astrophysics: Volume 1, Astrophysical Processes
by T. Padmanabhan
Paperback: 624 Pages (2000-10-02)
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Graduate students and researchers in astrophysics and cosmology need a solid grasp of a wide range of physical processes. This authoritative textbook helps readers develop the necessary toolkit of theory. The book is modular in design, allowing the reader to pick and chose a selection of chapters, if necessary. After reviewing the basics of dynamics, electromagnetic theory, and statistical physics, the book carefully develops a solid understanding of radiative processes, spectra, fluid mechanics, plasma physics and MHD, dynamics of gravitating systems, general relativity, nuclear physics, and other key concepts. Throughout, the reader's understanding is developed and tested with problems and helpful hints. This welcome volume provides graduate students with an indispensable introduction to and reference on all the physical processes they will need to successfully tackle cutting-edge research in astrophysics and cosmology.It can be used alone or in conjunction with two companion volumes, which cover stars and stellar systems, and galaxies and cosmology (both forthcoming). ... Read more

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