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Astrophysics of Planet Formation [Paperback]

Philip J. Armitage

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'This excellent book is a superb introduction to modern cosmogony, beautifully produced and with an extremely useful and up-to-date reference section.' The Observatory

'Astrophysics of Planet Formation is organized into self-contained but connected chapters that generally follow the chronology of planet formation: disk characteristics and evolution, planetesimal formation, terrestrial planet formation, and giant planet formation. The book concludes with a brief chapter on the dynamics of planetary systems … Two pedagogical approaches make it an outstanding introductory text: Armitage concentrates on the essentials rather than getting lost in details, and he carefully walks the reader through the derivation of equations, highlighting their physical meaning. He also gives technical references for in-depth reading at the end of each chapter … [he] delivers on the book's aim to 'provide a concise introduction to the classical theory of planet formation and to more recent developments spurred by new observations' … an excellent main text for a course in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science.' Diana Valencia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Covering all phases of planet formation - from protoplanetary disks to the dynamical evolution of planetary systems - this graduate-level textbook provides a basic understanding of the astrophysical processes that shape the formation of planetary systems. It can be understood by readers in planetary science, and observational and theoretical astronomy.

About the Author

Philip J. Armitage is a Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Fellow of JILA. His research focuses on theoretical and computational studies of protoplanetary disks, planet formation and black hole astrophysics. He has extensive teaching experience at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level.
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