on 27 May 2002
This year I taught a second-year undergraduate course in Stellar Astrophysics using this book as the recommended text. The explanations are clear and concise, and the treatment of stellar structure and evolution in terms of the temperature and pressure at various points inside the star ties the whole book together in one simple diagram. The first half of the book leads up to this diagram, and the second half expands upon the features predicted by it. This is certainly the clearest and most intellectually satisfying treatment of stellar astrophysics I have found at this level, presenting a coherent picture with enough mathematical detail to be comprehensible. The worked examples are useful and full solutions are presented. All in all- highly recommended.
on 2 September 2003
As an astrophysicist, I have read dozens of complex, obscure and formulae-laden books on the topic, therefore I know how difficult is to find a clear, yet thorough, book on stellar evolution. This is that book. Prialnik does an excellent job introducing the subject, since it is easy to read and full of clear and concise explanations. Probably the best book for an undergraduate introductory course on stellar evolution I have ever come across. It's also the best quick-reference book I have in my library.