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Gravitational Physics of Stellar and Galactic Systems : Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics - William C. Saslaw

Gravitational Physics of Stellar and Galactic Systems

Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

Paperback Published: 19th October 1987
ISBN: 9780521349758
Number Of Pages: 512

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This text describes the gravitational interactions and evolution of astronomical systems on all scales, from small groups of stars through galaxies and clusters of galaxies to the Universe itself. In a rapidly developing area of astronomy, it is the first comprehensive treatise on the subject to be published since the early 1960s. Concentrating on the basic physics, at a graduate student level, it also develops many astronomical applications in considerable detail. The book is self-contained. Most results are derived from preceding ones in a straightforward way. It is written to bring out the physical content behind the mathematical formulae, and contains a number of exercises and suggestions for research topics. Bibliographies with nearly 300 selected references provide gateways into the literature.

' ... the author achieves a ery nice balance between mathematics, physics and astronomy as well as between the reality and simplicity of the models discussed.' Classical and Quantum Gravity ' ... eminently readable. It is written throughout in an engaging style with a clear logical development ... All this adds up to a beautifully presented account ... it will be much appreciated by both practising astronomers and beginning graduate students in astronomy.' Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... a beautifully written text on stellar physics and on dynamics ... The author has produced a work of literature, indispensible to anyone working on studies of stellar and galactic systems.' New Scientist

Preface
Introduction
Idealized homogeneous systems - basic ideas and gentle relaxation
Infnite inhomogeneous systems - galaxy clustering
Finite spherical systems - cluster of galaxies, galactic nuclei, globular clusters
Finite flattered systems - galaxies
Index
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ISBN: 9780521349758
ISBN-10: 0521349753
Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 19th October 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 19.1  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.9

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