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A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics

A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics (Hardback)

By Tassoul, Jean-Louis
By Tassoul, Monique

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of ideas about the sun and the stars, from antiquity to modern times. Two theoretical astrophysicists who have been active in the field since the early 1960s tell the story in fluent prose. About half of the book covers m...ost of the theoretical research done from 1940 to the close of the twentieth century, a large body of work that has to date been little explored by historians. The first chapter, which outlines the period from about 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., shows that at every stage in history human beings have had a particular understanding of the sun and stars, and that this has continually evolved over the centuries. Next the authors systematically address the immense mass of observations astronomy accumulated from the early seventeenth century to the early twentieth. The remaining four chapters examine the history of the field from the physicist's perspective, the emphasis being on theoretical work from the mid-1840s to the late 1990s - from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the remarkable advances through to the late 1960s, and finally, to more recent theoretical work. Intended mainly for students and teachers of astronomy, this book will also be a useful reference for practicing astronomers and scientifically curious general readers.
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ISBN 9780691117119
Released AU 15 Jul 2004
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780691117119
Stock Available
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Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 Jul 2004
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Tassoul, Jean-Louis
By Tassoul, Monique
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Galaxies, Clusters, Intergalactic Matter
Solar System
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 523.7
Weight 567g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Stars - History, Sun - History, Astrophysics - History
NBS Text Physics
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly