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An Introduction to Cosmochemistry - Charles R. Cowley

An Introduction to Cosmochemistry

Paperback Published: 3rd April 1995
ISBN: 9780521459204
Number Of Pages: 504

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This upper-division textbook describes the composition and evolution of material objects in the universe. The survey begins with a discussion of terrestrial materials and ends with the composition of quasars and distant galaxies. There are two main themes: chemical processes responsible for the abundances we observe, and nuclear processes in which the chemical elements originate. The author presents a total pedagogic synthesis of the subject, building on the basic information in the first chapters to lead into a fuller explanation of the composition of the planets and stellar and primordial nucleosynthesis. The later chapters treat the analytical methods of stellar and nebular spectra, and move on to the composition of stars and galaxies. The book is fully referenced and includes problem sets for the student.

'will be suitable for both the specialist and the advanced undergraduate because it provides a broad, comprehensive outline of our understanding of matter, using the appropriate tools of astronomy, geology, chemistry and physics.' Marcus Chown New Scientist 'beautifully written' David Hughes New Scientist 'This is a marvellous book ... up to date, well illustrated and well referenced ... An Introduction to Cosmochemistry will serve admirably as a basis for undergraduate and graduate courses in geochemistry, geophysics, astronomy, and astrophysics.' I. R. McNab Chemistry in Britain 'It is quite a stimulating introduction aimed at the advanced undergraduate student of astronomy and astrophysics , helpful to begin active research ... written in clear and understandable manner.' Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie

Overview
Minerals: an introduction to the nomenclature and chemistry
A brief introduction to petrology
A resume of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
Condensation sequences and the geochemical classification of the elements
The theory of the bulk composition of the planets
Meteorites and the standard abundance distribution (SAD)
An introduction to isotope geology
Some concepts from nuclear physics
Energy generation in stars and nucleosynthesis
Atomic and molecular spectra
The analysis of stellar spectra
The chemistry of stars and the stellar systems
Cold, non-stellar material in galaxies
Emission line regions and their chemical abundances
Abundances of the elements in galaxies
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ISBN: 9780521459204
ISBN-10: 0521459206
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 3rd April 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.59 x 17.32  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.94