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The Sun as a Star - Roger John Tayler

Paperback Published: 7th November 1996
ISBN: 9780521468374
Number Of Pages: 256

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As our nearest star, the Sun offers a unique opportunity to study stellar physics in action. Following the success of his previous books, Galaxies and The Stars, Roger Tayler presents the first full picture of how studies of the Sun and the solar system help us understand stars in general and other planetary systems. Using mathematics appropriate for advanced undergraduate students in physics, this textbook provides a broad and wide-ranging introduction to the Sun as a star. Succinct derivations of key results - such as the properties of spectral lines, the theory of stellar oscillations, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics and dynamo theory - are provided in a number of handy appendices, ensuring that the book is completely self contained. Altogether, this is an invaluable textbook for students studying the Sun, stars, the solar-terrestrial environment and the formation of planetary systems.

'The wealth of data on the Sun makes for rich pickings, and Roger Tayler has not stinted on The Sun as a Star ... The book is accurately pitched at the second and third-year university student, concentrating on those aspects of solar physics that help us to understand stars in general ... The Sun as a Star clearly originates from a university lecture course. But Tayler has steered well away from the prosaic: what remains is a good, sharp, textbook.' David Hughes, New Scientist

Numerical values
Observations of the Sun and other stars
The quiet Sun and stellar evolution
Magnetic fields and fluid motions
The active Sun
Activity in other stars
Solar-terrestrial relations
The origin of the solar system
Concluding remarks
Thermodynamic equilibrium
The Zeeman effect
Atomic energy levels and spectral lines: forbidden transitions
Theory of solar oscillations
Motion of a charged particle in uniform electric and magnetic fields
Magnetohydrodynamic waves
Dynamo maintenance of magnetic fields
Plasma properties
Motion of a charged particle in a spatially varying magnetic field
Suggestions for further reading
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521468374
ISBN-10: 052146837X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7th November 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.61 x 17.3  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.45

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