Summary: This classic text, aimed at senior undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics and astronomy, presents a wide range of astrophysical concepts in sufficient depth to give the reader a quantitative understanding of the subject. Emphasizing physical concepts, the book outlines cosmic events through a series of astrophysical sketches. For this fourth edition, nearly every part of the text has been rewritten; new sections have been added to cover recent advances in our under
standing of black holes, the formation of galaxies and clusters, and the evolution of the Universe.
Summary: This classic text, aimed at senior undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics and astronomy, presents a wide range of astrophysical concepts in sufficient depth to give the reader a quantitative understanding of the subject. Emphasizing physical concepts, the book outlines cosmic events through a series of astrophysical sketches. For this fourth edition, nearly every part of the text has been rewritten; new sections have been added to cover recent advances in our understanding of black holes, the formation of galaxies and clusters, and the evolution of the Universe. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:4TH 07 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Springer-Verlag New York Year Published: 2007 International: No
FROM REVIEWS OF THE PREVIOUS EDITION ''a clear, solid introduction to astrophysics ... that shows how physics can be applied to astronomical objects ... One of the strong points is the problems (that) give students a real feel for the sort of calculations astronomers must do ... were I teaching a junior/senior astrophysics course, this is the book I would use.'' AM.J.PHYS. ''This is a popular book among professional astrophysicists, produced with that meticulous detail and completeness of the house of Springer ??? This is indeed a theoretician??'s book [and] Harwit has made a prodigious effort in organizing all this information in a logical sequence ??? A masterly mathematical exposition of a galaxy of astrophysical processes.'' Astronomy The great strength of the book lies in the lucidity and elegance with which chosen topics are quantitatively developed using elementary and clever arguments, instructive problems being distributed throughout, and in the skeptical spirit of inquiry that pervades the writing.'' NATURE ''Astronomer Harwit has finally updated his classic textbook to encompass the exciting developments of the decade since its last edition. It is ideal for those Scientific American readers who are mathematically literate and who want to pursue topics covered in the magazine to greater depth. Harwit takes a thematic approach to the subject, oriented around the guiding physical principles rather than the conventional sequence of planet, star, galaxy and cosmos. The approach rewards readers who just want to flip through the book as well as students who want to derive for themselves some of the basic equations in astronomy.'' SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
View Table of Contents
An Approach to Astrophysics The Cosmic Distance Scale Dynamics and Masses of Astronomical Bodies Random Processes Photons and Fast Particles Electromagnetic Processes in Space Quantum Processes in Astrophysics Stars Cosmic Gas and Dust Formation of Stars and Planetary Systems The Universe We Inhabit An Astrophysical History of the Universe The Formation of the Cosmic Structures Life in the Universe Appendix A: Astronomical Terminology Appendix B: Astrophysical Constants Index.
Order this book in the next 1 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes and it ships by Noon CT Monday!
New Currently Sold Out
Due back 12/18/2015
Save $26.01 (26%)
Free return shipping
21-day satisfaction guarantee
CDs or access codes may not be included
Free Shipping Get Free Shipping on orders over $25 (not including Rental and Marketplace). Order arrives in 5-10 business days.
Need it faster? We offer fast, flat-rate expedited shipping options.
Not the right book for you? We'll gladly take it back within 30 days.
To return an eTextbook:
Your eTextbook is non-returnable once it's been activated. You must contact us about returning your eTextbook before you activate it.
Returns are accepted within 30 days of the purchase date on your order confirmation.
This book qualifies for guaranteed cash back! Buy it now for , then:
Sell it back by:
Guaranteed cash back:
Cost of this book after cash back:
Take advantage of Guaranteed Cash Back. Send your book to us in good condition before the end of the buyback period, we'll send YOU a check, and you'll pay less for your textbooks!
If you find this book for less on Amazon.com (direct from Amazon, not marketplace sellers), we'll match it.
In our warehouse, waiting to ship directly to you.
We hand-inspect every used textbook to make sure it's in good condition.
Buy it now. Sell it later!
Sell this textbook for cash!
When you're done with this book, sell it back to Textbooks.com. In addition to the best possible buyback price, you'll get an extra 10% cash back just for being a customer.
We buy good-condition used textbooks year 'round, 24/7. No matter where you bought it, Textbooks.com will buy your textbooks for the most cash.
We hand-inspect every one of our used textbooks to ensure good condition.
Our used textbooks do NOT have:
Missing or torn pages
Missing or torn cover
Torn or damaged binding
A broken spine
This textbook has never been used.
Due to the size of eTextbooks, a high-speed internet connection (cable modem, DSL, LAN) is required for download stability and speed. Your connection can be wired or wireless.
Being online is not required for reading an eTextbook after successfully downloading it. You must only be connected to the Internet duringthe download process.
XP or Windows 7 (32 or 64 running in 32 bit mode), or Mac OS 10.6 or above
At least 512 MB RAM, 600 mHZ processor, and 40 MB of hard drive space (75MB for Mac OS)
What is the Marketplace? It's another way for you to get the right price on the books you need. We approved every Marketplace vendor to sell their books on Textbooks.com, so you know they're all reliable.
What are Marketplace shipping options? Marketplace items do not qualify for free shipping. When ordering from the Marketplace, please specify whether you want the seller to send your book Standard ($3.99/item) or Express ($6.99/item). To get free shipping over $25, just order directly from Textbooks.com instead of through the Marketplace.
FREE UPS 2nd Day Air Terms
Rental and Marketplace items are excluded. Offer is valid from 1/21/2013 12:00PM to 1/23/2013 11:59AM CST. Your order must be placed by 12 Noon CST to be processed on the same day. Minimum order value is $100.00 excluding Rental and Marketplace items. To redeem this offer, select "FREE UPS 2ND DAY AIR" at checkout. Offer not is not valid on previous orders.