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Stellar Spectral Classification (Princeton Series in Astrophysics) Hardcover – March 29, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0691125107 ISBN-10: 0691125104

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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Series in Astrophysics
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691125104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691125107
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,682,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone interested in learning about the classification of stellar spectra will be well served if they begin by consulting a new book entitled Stellar Spectral Classification. Beautiful illustrations and examples are given at every turn. . . . We can confidently say that this is not only a superb text but is probably the most comprehensive single-volume text currently available on the fascinating subject of stellar spectral classification. A valuable resource for the astronomical community, it exudes authority. This is no surprise for the book's authors and contributors are amongst foremost authorities in this field. Summing up, we can say that our first look at this book made us really excited."--Current Engineering Practice

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"A worthy descendant of Morgan and Keenan's foundational work, Stellar Spectral Classification fills a huge need by providing a spectacularly good discussion of stellar spectra. With a highly detailed and digital view of the modern art of classification that extends from the infrared through the optical to the ultraviolet, and includes full discussions of new cool classes L and T, there is not much on the subject that one cannot find in this well-written and richly illustrated volume."--James B. Kaler, author of Stars and their Spectra

"Want to learn about the classification of stellar spectra? You have the right book in your hands. These experts take us through the historical foundations, philosophical underpinnings, techniques, and criteria used to classify spectra. Beautiful illustrations and examples are given at every turn, and the encyclopedic material is useful for anyone involved in stellar spectroscopy, from the beginner to the more advanced practitioner."--David F. Gray, University of Western Ontario

"It has been about twenty years since the last book on spectral classification appeared. During that time, astronomers have switched from photographic detectors to electronic ones, and several new classes of stars have been discovered. This volume provides both an overview of the field and very detailed notes on individual spectral types. It should be required reading for both the students and the instructor in any graduate-level course on stellar astronomy."--Michael Richmond, Rochester Institute of Technology

"Major advances in spectral classification, especially the addition of the L and T classes, make the appearance of this definitive book timely and important. Useful on many levels, this guide covers all the relevant topics, is logically organized, and is a valuable resource for the astronomical community."--Richard Pogge, Ohio State University

"Stellar Spectral Classification is central to many areas of astrophysics and will gain even more importance in the coming future. This timely book addresses a wide audience, from undergraduate students to professional astronomers."--Alain Jorissen, Free University of Brussels

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Merle W. Jephson-king on April 25, 2010
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This book has been needed in the field for a long time because of the advances made in the last 20 years. The authors have been clear, concise and very readable.
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Well, actually, no book could make spectroscopy simple. What this book does is present a clear, well-organized reference. It's as close to a one-stop reference volume as I've been able to find. The only real problem is the standard problem of all astronomical references: any book is dated as soon as it gets off the press.
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By drollere on August 7, 2012
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this is an elegant, readable, comprehensive, up to date and authoritative resource on the specific topic of the Morgan Keenan system of stellar classification. related topics, such as the HR diagram, nuclear physics, star formation and stellar evolution regrettably are not treated, but appear as context in the chapters on L and T categories, wolf rayet stars, planetary nebulae and supernovae. the core topics of star thermodynamics and structure, and the evidence of these attributes in spectral details, are beautifully surveyed: the major classification categories emerge in almost dramatic clarity, stars as personalities. all spectra are abundantly documented and presented as absolute, relative (standardized at a single wavelength) or rectified ("flat line") radiance profiles; with the exception of a few illustrations of historical or technical relevance, smudgy spectra photographs are entirely excluded. the summaries of nomenclature and symbols are exhaustive, and the editor david spergel has done a terrific job keeping the exposition clear and unifying the tone of chapters by specialist authors.
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