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by Giora Shaviv

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Author:
Giora Shaviv
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978-3642020872
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3642020879
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Springer; 2010 edition (October 30, 2009)
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Astronomy & Space Science
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In this book, we shall carefully expose the building of the theory of stellar structure and evolution, and explain how our understanding .

Shaviv is a leading theoretical astrophysicists.

Towards a Complete Theory of Stellar Structure. The Solution to the Stellar Energy Problem.

This beautifully illustrated book describes the birth and evolution of the theory of stellar structure through the vehement .

Moreover, it will bring readers up-to-date on current problems in astrophysics. Categories: Physics\Astronomy.

The author, Giora Shaviv, is a leading theo-retical astrophysicist. The writing style is easy and the book is exceedingly well refer-enced. There are also extremely few typo-graphical errors − I only noted four in over 500 pages. And even the omission of the first part of the diagram in Figure . is not too serious. The book is split into nine main sections: 1− The controversy about the age of the Earth, which I found particularly fascinat-.

Download PDF book format. Library of Congress Control Number: 2009935999. International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

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Beautifully illustrated, this volume critically analyses previous scientific results to explain how the scientifically accepted answers of today were deduced. Shaviv analyzes critically many proclaimed scientific results, showing how and why they were wrong, and explains why it took decades to find the now accepted scientific answers - where there are such - and why there remains much more to be done before we can say we fully understand what happens up there in the heavens.

It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions. William Shakespeare, King Lear A Few Words about What, Why and How The structure of the stars in general, and the Sun in particular, has been the subject of extensivescienti?cresearchanddebateforoveracentury.Thediscoveryofquantum theoryduringthe?rsthalfofthenineteenthcenturyprovidedmuchofthetheoretical background needed to understand the making of the stars and how they live off their energysource. Progress in the theoryof stellar structurewasmade through extensive discussions and controversies between the giants of the ?elds, as well as brilliant discoveries by astronomers. In this book, we shall carefully expose the building of the theory of stellar structure and evolution, and explain how our understanding of the stars has emerged from this background of incessant debate. About hundred years were required for astrophysics to answer the crucial ques tions: What is the energy source of the stars? How are the stars made? How do they evolve and eventually die? The answers to these questions have profound im plications for astrophysics, physics, and biology, and the question of how we our selves come to be here. While we already possess many of the answers, the theory of stellar structure is far from being complete, and there are many open questions, for example, concerning the mechanisms which trigger giant supernova explosions. Many internal hydrodynamic processes remain a mystery. Yet some global pictures can indeed be outlined, and this is what we shall attempt to do here.
  • The book covers interesting history (discovery of how stars work) not covered by other books.
    However there are clear blunders (mistaking ergs for eV, electron mass 1840 times larger than proton mass, Tycho observing supernovae 150 years after Kepler). One hopes that the conclusions
    one cannot easily check are more accurate than the obvious blunders.

  • How refreshing! Shaviv provides a comprehensive account of the history of stars and what makes them tick (fusion). This is a mine of information on the historical background that has generated our current perspectives and understanding of the solar energy process. I would recommend this book to most students who are interested in astrophysics/ astronomy. I would also like to recommend Marshmallows, Matter and Neutron Stars and The Stars: From Superstition to Supernova and Patrick Moore's Mission to the Planets: The Illustrated Story of Man's Exploration of the Solar System which although a tad dated is still relevant (the book not Moore).

  • A monumental work, in which G. Shaviv gives an account on the interesting and sometimes very surprising history of
    the ideas and controversies that led to the theory of Stellar Structure.
    The book is very readable, yet on a high level and very attractively designed.
    Highly recommended for educational and informative, yet enjoyable reading.