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Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars: The Physics of Compact Objects Paperback – May 6, 1983

ISBN-13: 978-0471873167 ISBN-10: 0471873160 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 1 edition (May 6, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471873160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471873167
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This self-contained textbook brings together many different branches of physics--e.g. nuclear physics, solid state physics, particle physics, hydrodynamics, relativity--to analyze compact objects. The latest astronomical data is assessed. Over 250 exercises.

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Black holes, White Dwarfs, and Neutron Stars The physics of Compact Objects Compact objects-black holes, white dwarfs, and neutron stars-are fundamental constituents of the physical universe. They are born when normal stars die. This book is a product of the recent explosion of scientific activity centering on these objects. This self-contained work is a rigorous, yet understandable, references on the latest theoretical and observational developments. It is at once an outstanding text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in physics, and a practical self-study guide for scientists in other disciplines and scientifically-oriented laypersons. No prior knowledge of astrophysics or relativity theory is required. Compact objects provide unique cosmic laboratories for testing physics and astrophysics under extreme conditions. They interact via all four of the fundamental forces of nature: electromagnetism, strong and weak nuclear forces, and gravitation. As a result, the book brings together topics from such diverse areas as solid state physics, nuclear and particle physics, relativity and hydrodynamics. In the text, the authors first analyze the physical properties of compact objects in their simplest states. Next, they investigate the effects of rotation, magnetic fields, X-ray and neutrino emission, the generation of gravitational waves, and so on. The theory is assessed in light of the most recent observational data. Numerous practical features to make teaching and learning easier include:
* a road map for using the book effectively
* over 250 exercises, including several small-scale computer problems
* extensive references
* boxes summarizing major points
* carefully constructed and attractive tables and illustrations.
Dr. Stuart L. Shapiro and Dr. Saul A. Teukolsky are both Professors of Physics and Astronomy at Cornell University.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 28, 2004
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There are few things in the universe as apocalyptic in scope as the death of a star -- generally speaking, the remnant of a star at the end of its lifespan will turn into one of three objects: a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole (there are a few other variations or extensions, but this is the primary end).
This particular book is designed for the advanced undergraduate in physical sciences, or the beginning graduate student. It presumes no specific astrophysical education, although few without an interest in astrophysics will seek out this text, and thus readers will probably know a thing or two. It does assume a good degree of knowledge of physics, including electromagnetism, mechanics (both classical/Newtonian and quantum), special relativity, and thermodynamics. It also assumes a good proficiency with integral and differential calculus; the higher the mathematical training the better for understanding this text.
Compact objects are the core fragments or remnants of stars -- as such, they differ from stars in significant ways. They are no longer burning fuel in fusion reactions, which is what supports much of the mass of regular stars against gravitational collapse. The three objects of the title are different degrees of the same type of object, and what a collapsing star becomes depends upon how much mass still remains at the exhaustion of nuclear energy processes. The collapse of such large objects impacts matter at the very smallest levels -- hence, the study here is not simply one of gravitational pull versus surface area and small size relative to stars, but also of the distortions that occur at the smallest of levels due to the tremendous warping.
The book begins with a broad overview of what is known and not known, and what will be studied.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo on February 16, 2007
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I am not going to talk about the subject of the book. If it has been around for those many years (in spite of the so many observational advances in the subject) is because the quality. I just want to say that this edition is poorly built physically. The words are printed with an inject-type-low-quality machine, so if you have a good eye you can see that the letters have irregular borders. You don't see that in old editions. After one month the pages are starting to falling apart. The chapter 2, which is about the equation of state in a degenerate gas and to which you have to come back to it often, have the extremes of the pages off so now I have to be very careful with the book if I don't wanna lose the pages. This is very annoying, specially if you remember that you paid about a $100 for this poorly built edition. It is a disappointment too, the book is very good, but is not made to last.

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printing: Strauss Gmbh, Morlenbach
bookbinding: Litges & Dopf Buchbinderei GmbH, Heppenheim
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2002
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I did not have this book as a graduate class text, but I used it extensively while studying for my candidacy exam. This book was invaluable for that purpose. It contains great insight and intuition for many of the physical phenomena described. Its theoretical description of neutron stars was better than any other I had seen. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigDrM on October 26, 2013
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If your into this subject matter and have the necessary math and science background then you would love this book. However, it was written several years ago and there have since been newer discoveries in mathematics etc.. that do not appear in this book but other than that it's a good starting place. It came on time however, as may others have complained the binding is terrible. If you do not fix the binding the book literally falls apart. That's not the authors fault but the book binding company. They need to replace the 1940's glue in their machines.
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