512 pages, 135 line diagrams, 30 half tones
Bridging the gap between physics and astronomy textbooks, this book provides physical explanations of twelve fundamental astrophysical processes underlying a wide range of phenomena in stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy. Written for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, its strong pedagogy ensures solid mastery of each process and application. It contains tutorial figures and step-by-step mathematical and physical development with real examples and data. Topics covered include the Kepler-Newton problem, stellar structure, radiation processes, special relativity in astronomy, radio propagation in the interstellar medium, and gravitational lensing. Applications presented include Jeans length, Eddington luminosity, the cooling of the CMB, the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, Doppler boosting in jets, and determinations of the Hubble constant.
Review of Astronomy Methods: '... a brilliant addition to the pedagogy. It is timely, focused, well written, and at the appropriate level ... Astronomy Methods will be useful to all students of astronomy and astrophysics, irrespective of whether they intend to specialize in observational astronomy. The material can be adapted easily for various related courses, which makes the book even more valuable.' Physics Today
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