Fundamental Astronomy / edited by Hannu Karttunen, Pekka Kröger, Heikki Oja, Markku Poutanen, Karl Johan Donner.

Edition
  • 4th ed. 2003.
Published
  • Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer 2003
Physical description
1 online resource (XI, 468 p.)
ISBN
  • 3-662-05333-0
Notes
  • English
  • "With 411 Illustrations Including 36 Colour Plates and 73 Exercises with Solutions"--Title page.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • 1. Introduction -- 2. Spherical Astronomy -- 3. Observations and Instruments -- 4. Photometric Concepts and Magnitudes -- 5. Radiation Mechanisms -- 6. Celestial Mechanics -- 7. The Solar System -- 8. Stellar Spectra -- 9. Binary Stars and Stellar Masses -- 10. Stellar Structure -- 11. Stellar Evolution -- 12. The Sun -- 13. Variable Stars -- 14. Compact Stars -- 15. The Interstellar Medium -- 16. Star Clusters and Associations -- 17. The Milky Way -- 18. Galaxies -- 19. Cosmology -- Appendices -- A. Mathematics -- A.1 Geometry -- A.2 Conic Sections -- A.3 Taylor Series -- A.4 Vector Calculus -- A.5 Matrices -- A.6 Multiple Integrals -- A.7 Numerical Solution of an Equation -- B. Theory of Relativity -- B.1 Basic Concepts -- B.2 Lorentz Transformation. Minkowski Space -- B.3 General Relativity -- B.4 Tests of General Relativity -- C. Tables -- Answers to Exercises -- Further Reading -- Photograph Credits -- Name and Subject Index -- Colour Supplement.
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Language
  • English
  • Fundamental Astronomy gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the various fields 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 present revised and enlarged fourth edition of this successful textbook includes a host of new knowledge. The main difference to the previous editions is the restructuring of some chapters. Earlier chapters 5 (Radiation Mechanisms) and 6 (Temperatures) have been combined, and part of the material of the appendices has been absorbed to appropriate places. Also the chapters on the solar system and cosmology have been more extensively revised. In other chapters there are several small revisions. Many of the tables in Appendix C have also been updated.

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