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Cambridge University Press
978-0-521-56632-2 - Course of Theoretical Astrophysics, Volume 1: Astrophysical Processes
T. Padmanabhan
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Course of Theoretical Astrophysics
Volume I: Astrophysical Processes
Graduate students and researchers in astrophysics and cosmology need a solid understanding of a wide range of physical processes. This clear and authoritative textbook has
been designed to help them to develop the necessary toolkit of theory. Assuming only
an undergraduate background in physics and no detailed knowledge of astronomy, this
book guides the reader step by step through a comprehensive collection of fundamental
theoretical topics. The book is modular in design, allowing the reader to pick and choose
a selection of chapters, if necessary. It can be used alone or in conjunction with the forthcoming accompanying two volumes (covering stars and stellar systems and galaxies and
cosmology, respectively).
After the basics of dynamics, electromagnetic theory, and statistical physics are reviewed, a solid understanding of all the key concepts such as radiative processes, spectra,
fluid mechanics, plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics, dynamics of gravitating
systems, general relativity, and nuclear physics is developed. Each topic is developed
methodically from undergraduate basic physics. Throughout, the reader’s understanding
is developed and tested with carefully structured problems and helpful hints.
This welcome volume provides graduate students with an indispensable introduction
to and reference on all the physical processes they will need to tackle successfully
cutting-edge research in astrophysics and cosmology.
is a Professor at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and
Astrophysics in Pune, India. His research interests are Gravitation, Cosmology, and
Quantum Theory. He has published over hundred technical papers in these areas and has
written four books: Structure Formation in the Universe, Cosomology and Astrophysics
Through Problems, After the First Three Minutes, and, together with J.V. Narlikar,
Gravity, Gauge Theories and Quantum Cosmology.
He is a member of the Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences,
and International Astronomical Union. He has received numerous awards, including
the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Physics (1996) and the Millenium Medal (2000)
awarded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India.
Professor Padmanabhan has also written more than 100 popular science articles, a
comic strip serial, and several regular columns on astronomy, recreational mathematics,
and history of science that have appeared in international journals and papers. He is
married, has one daughter, and lives in Pune, India. His hobbies include chess, origami,
and recreational mathematics.
THANU PADMANABHAN
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COURSE OF THEORETICAL
ASTROPHYSICS
Volume I: Astrophysical Processes
T. P A D M A N A B H A N
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Pune, India
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Theoretical astrophysics : astrophysical processes / T. Padmanabhan.
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Dedicated to the memory of L.D. Landau,
who understood the importance of pedagogy
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T. Padmanabhan