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Numerical Methods in Astrophysics: An Introduction (Series in Astronomy and Astrophysics)

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… a very thorough introduction … the book is ideal for a postgraduate student just beginning a Ph.D. in numerical astrophysics or for an undergraduate with a numerical project. However, it also offers more advanced researchers and professionals [with] a clear and useful reminder of the important issues involved in numerical algorithms. … The codes make an interesting addition to the book in that they allow the reader to actually try out … some of the numerical algorithms discussed in the book. …
―Matthew Bate, Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

The sweep of the book is impressive given its size. Even with the space constraint, room has been found for excellent discussions of code stability, starting with very simple examples, and including nice comparative discussions for various techniques . . . This is a most welcome and carefully thought out book that should help in the search for deeper subterranean seams.
―James Collett, Physical Sciences Educational Review, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 1

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Product Details

  • Series: Series in Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (December 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750308834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750308830
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Volker Bromm on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely well written introduction to a rapidly developing field. The authors cover a broad swath of topics, providing a clear understanding of the physical principles underlying numerical astrophysics. Such a focus on basic principles and physical understanding ensures that one does not lose sight of the forest for the trees. I recommend this book highly for graduate students in astrophysics, as well as active researchers in the field who want a quick overview before going into the details.
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This is an excellent introduction to Numerical Astrophysics. If you want to learn a particular topic (i.e. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics), the chapters are short, sweet and self contained. It will give you the necessary logic and basic physics used in the field, which will empower you to understand the literature.

Often when approaching a new field, the literature is impossible to learn from b/c papers aren't written for newbies. This is a great reference book that fills that void and gets you up to speed and prepares you to read the research. I just wish that it was a bit cheaper.
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The book Numerical Methods in Astrophysics is an excellent overview to the field. It does a good job of finding the middle ground between being concise enough to be readable, but containing sufficient information to be useful. Many of the chapters could be expanded to full length texts themselves if the authors included all the details and multiple examples of how to code things, but this is not the purpose of this book. Rather, the purpose is to introduce a graduate student or active researcher to the field, and to give a brief overview of the field as understood by the authors. Each chapter is a mostly self-contained review of the subject of that chapter, and includes sufficient references to more primary literature so the interested reader can learn more if he or she desires.

I don't know of any other book available that covers so many active areas in numerical astrophysics so well. It's not a perfect book, but I highly recommend it if you want to have one book in your personal library as a go-to reference for the field.

Matt Wood, Professor
Dept of Physics & Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, FL 32901
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