- Series: Cambridge Astrophysics (Book 31)
- Hardcover: 275 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (May 13, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521594138
- ISBN-13: 978-0521594134
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,305,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pulsar Astronomy (Cambridge Astrophysics) 2nd Edition
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..".covers a broad range of topics in a concise way, and it is particularly strong in its discussions of pulsar emission phenomenology, pulsars as probes of the interstellar medium and timing irregularities in young pulsars. With its breadth and clear presentation, the new edition will continue to be a valuable introduction for graduate students and others...." Physics Today
This second edition of a very successful work has been thoroughly revised to account for the rapid development and expansion of the subject, particularly in the field of millisecond and binary pulsars and X-ray and gamma-ray observations. Written by two founders of the field, this unique reference source includes a complete catalogue of all known pulsars.
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Much of the book is the same as earlier editions. Like the now familiar story of how the first pulsar was discovered in the 60s by Jocelyn Bell. And how a Nobel was later awarded to her advisor. (Considered by some to be a massive oversight.)
The book explains how pulsars let us probe cosmological distances and times. (The two are related.) It gives the latest models for pulsar formation. More recent results include the solving of the gamma ray bursters conundrum. A deep puzzle until recently, when satellite observations proved vital in explaining bursters.
This book, now in its third edition, would be of interest to the advanced undergraduate astronomy or astrophysics student. Or more likely it can serve as an introductory text to pulsars at the graduate school level or as a source of reference to the researcher. Among other things, it gives a catalog of the 1483 known pulsars.
The text begins with the early history of the discovery of pulsars by Jocelyn Bell during her graduate work at Cambridge (for which her advisor Anthony Hewish received the Nobel prize). From here the book chronicles the discoveries made by other researchers made since that time along with the changes in the theory that these discoveries brought about.