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What are the Stars? (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics) [Kindle Edition]

Ganesan Srinivasan

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The outstanding question in astronomy at the turn of the twentieth century was: What are the stars and why are they as they are? In this volume, the story of how the answer to this fundamental question was unravelled is narrated in an informal style, with emphasis on the underlying physics. Although the foundations of astrophysics were laid down by 1870, and the edifice was sufficiently built up by 1920, the definitive proof of many of the prescient conjectures made in the 1920s and 1930s came to be established less than ten years ago. This book discusses these recent developments in the context of discussing the nature of the stars, their stability and the source of the energy they radiate. Reading this book will get young students excited about the presently unfolding revolution in astronomy and the challenges that await them in the world of physics, engineering and technology. General readers will also find the book appealing for its highly accessible narrative of the physics of stars. “... The readers will find Dr Srinivasan, an internationally acclaimed leader in this enterprise, to be a clear and enthusiastic guide to the wonders and mysteries of the cosmos.”Lord Martin ReesAstronomer RoyalMaster of Trinity College, Cambridge “I know of no comparable book in the present-day literature that so successfully conveys the excitement of the development of ideas pertaining to the physics of stars, including the newest discoveries, and at the same time explains the fundamentals so well.” E. P. J. van den HeuvelProfessor of AstrophysicsWinner of the Spinoza and Descartes PrizesUniversity of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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The outstanding question in astronomy at the turn of the twentieth century was: What are the stars and why are they as they are? In this volume, the story of how the answer to this fundamental question was unravelled is narrated in an informal style, with emphasis on the underlying physics. Although the foundations of astrophysics were laid down by 1870, and the edifice was sufficiently built up by 1920, the definitive proof of many of the prescient conjectures made in the 1920s and 1930s came to be established less than ten years ago. This book discusses these recent developments in the context of discussing the nature of the stars, their stability and the source of the energy they radiate. 

Reading this book will get young students excited about the presently unfolding revolution in astronomy and the challenges that await them in the world of physics, engineering and technology. General readers will also find the book appealing for its highly accessible narrative of the physics of stars. 

“... The readers will find Dr Srinivasan, an internationally acclaimed leader in this enterprise, to be a clear and enthusiastic guide to the wonders and mysteries of the cosmos.

 Lord Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal

Master of Trinity College, Cambridge           

I know of no comparable book in the present-day literature that so successfully conveys the excitement of the development of ideas pertaining to the physics of stars, including the newest discoveries, and at the same time  explains the fundamentals so well.”

E. P. J. van den Heuvel

Professor of Astrophysics

Winner of the Spinoza and Descartes Prizes

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

About the Author

G Srinivasan began his career as a solid state physicist and later switched to astrophysics. After his PhD at the University of Chicago, he worked at the IBM Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland; Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden; Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge; and Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. He is a Past President of the Astronomical Society of India, as well as the Division of Space and High Energy Astrophysics of the International Astronomical Union. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and former Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg; 1 edition (11 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best starter book for astronomy 21 Feb. 2012
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The book "What are the stars" by G. Srinivasan is an amazing entry into the fascinating world of astronopmy. It does NOT need an extensive background in ohysics, chemistry, mathematics in order to appreciate the vast range of topics that are covered. I specially like the attention to the historic development of the topics, ranging from the Middle ages to "yesterday".

The writing is meticulous, the illustrations appropriate, and the book will be a wondersful rext for an introduction course in astronomy. Needless to say, the author leads us far beyond the topic of "stars" into the vast space that surrounds us.

EVERYONE will enjoy reading this book - and learning from it.
I botained this easily through Amazon Books. Look for its companion volume!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice understandable treatment of an interesting subject 25 May 2014
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It is helpful to know some math/phys, but the writing is nice and clear with many qualitative examples to help those whose math is a little weaker. The discussion of helioseismology was especially fascinating, as was the chapter on solar neutrinos. Lots of nice diagrams too, and some interesting sidebars about notable people in the field.
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