A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics by Jean-Louis Tassoul,Monique Tassoul

By Jean-Louis Tassoul,Monique Tassoul

This publication offers a accomplished review of the historical past of rules concerning the solar and the celebs, from antiquity to trendy instances. theoretical astrophysicists who've been lively within the box because the early Sixties inform the tale in fluent prose. approximately half the ebook covers many of the theoretical learn performed from 1940 to the shut of the 20th century, a wide physique of labor that has thus far been little explored via historians.

the 1st bankruptcy, which outlines the interval from approximately 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., exhibits that at each level in heritage people have had a specific knowing of the sunlight and stars, and that this has constantly developed over the centuries. subsequent the authors systematically handle the mammoth mass of observations astronomy gathered from the early 17th century to the early 20th. the rest 4 chapters study the heritage of the sphere from the physicists standpoint, the emphasis being on theoretical paintings from the mid-1840s to the past due 1990s--from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the impressive advances via to the overdue Nineteen Sixties, and eventually, to more moderen theoretical paintings. meant as a rule for college kids and academics of astronomy, this booklet may also be an invaluable reference for working towards astronomers and scientifically curious common readers.

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