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Astrophysics

See below for a selection of the latest books from Astrophysics category. Presented with a red border are the Astrophysics books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Astrophysics books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Cosmic Messengers

Cosmic Messengers

Author: Martin (Cornell University, New York) Harwit Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2021

Martin Harwit, author of the influential book Cosmic Discovery, asks key questions about the scope of observational astronomy. Humans have long sought to understand the world we inhabit. Recent realization of how our unruly Universe distorts information before it ever reaches us reveals distinct limits on how well we will ultimately understand the Cosmos. Even the best instruments we might conceive will inevitably be thwarted by ever more complex distortions and will never untangle the data completely. Observational astronomy, and the cost of pursuing it, will then have reached an inherent end. Only some totally different lines of approach, as yet unknown and potentially far more costly, might then need to emerge if we wish to learn more. This accessible book is written for all astronomers, astrophysicists, and those curious about how well we will ever understand the Universe and the potential costs of pushing those limits.

Introduction to the Interstellar Medium

Introduction to the Interstellar Medium

Author: Jonathan P. (University of Hawaii, Manoa) Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2021

The gas and dust between the stars emit across the electromagnetic spectrum and are found in a range of physical conditions from diffuse plasmas to cold, dense molecules. Through their study we see how quantum processes shape the structure of our Galaxy and fluid mechanics sets the stellar mass scale. The Interstellar Medium is a very broad subject with layers of complexity, a long history and a steady flow of new results. This comprehensive yet accessible textbook provides a self-contained one-semester course for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students. It is written in a style that students can follow by themselves and allows instructors to use class time to go deeper into the details or show applications to current research. It makes extensive use of publicly accessible data to illustrate specific points and to encourage students to learn by performing their own analyses.

LASL Phermex Data, Vol. III

LASL Phermex Data, Vol. III

Author: Charles L. Mader Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1980.

LASL Phermex Data, Vol. III

LASL Phermex Data, Vol. III

Author: Charles L. Mader Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1980.

An Introduction to Magnetometers

An Introduction to Magnetometers

Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Ground magnetometer observations have played a major role in the development of space science, by remotely measuring currents that define the dynamics of the magnetosphere and Earth's ionosphere. They have led to the identification of ionospheric currents associated with magnetic substorms and storms, as well as those associated with global compressions of the magnetosphere from interplanetary shocks and bow shock-related instabilities. Ground magnetometer observations have made it possible to track and comprehend the way reconfigurations of currents and convection are propagated globally after the magnetosphere is impacted by solar wind and/or interplanetary magnetic field dynamics. Global ground magnetometer observations provide the most fundamental and necessary context that needs to exist if any of the current and future missions are to provide new discovery science within the Near-Earth Environment. While their role as a continuous monitor and context-providing source is paramount, their continuous operation on a now-global scale provides the means for research science at the systems. The above overview of the magnetometers on space-based magnetometers are by no means intended to be complete, but is to illustrate the historic success of magnetometers and the contributions to our understanding of space physics and related fields.

Extreme Environment Astrophysics

Extreme Environment Astrophysics

Author: Ulrich (The Open University, Milton Keynes) Kolb Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/01/2021

Covering host systems of accreting, relativistic bodies, and the high-energy phenomena associated with them, this self-contained astrophysics textbook is ideal for advanced undergraduates. The textbook introduces students to a unique blend of astrophysical principles, including the evolutionary history of compact binary stars, the physics of accretion and accretion disc outbursts, the observed signatures of such discs in binary stars and active galactic nuclei, the X-ray emission of accreting compact bodies, and the physics of astrophysical jets and gamma-ray bursts. Worked examples, exercises with complete solutions, full-colour figures and informative chapter summaries guide students through their studies. Boxed equations and key facts highlight important points. Produced by academics drawing on decades of experience delivering courses for The Open University and concentrating on supported learning, this textbook is an ideal guide for self-study. Accompanying resources to this textbook are available at: http://www.cambridge.org/features/astrophysics.

Investigating Life in the Universe

Investigating Life in the Universe

Author: Christopher K. (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) Walker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This book provides a lively and engaging introduction to the science and technology of astrobiology and our prospects for interacting with extraterrestrial life. In just over two decades, there are now more than 3,000 known extrasolar planets, some of which may be Earth-like. From the author's long experience teaching a course on this topic, he uses the Drake equation as a theme for explaining many aspects of astrobiological study, such as estimating the number of planets with microbial life, intelligent life, and communicative life. The book also includes a final chapter with examples from modern day science fiction.

Galaxy Evolution and Feedback across Different Environments (IAU S359)

Galaxy Evolution and Feedback across Different Environments (IAU S359)

Author: Thaisa (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) Storchi Bergmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

The goal of IAU Symposium 359 on 'Galaxy Evolution and Feedback across Different Environments' (GALFEED) was to bring together the active galactic nuclei (AGN) and galaxy evolution scientific communities. The AGN phase occurs in most galaxies and critically influences their evolution, so it is important to study the two processes together and for researchers, in both topics, to learn from one another. They ask key questions such as: How do galaxies acquire their gas and how efficiently is it transformed into stars? How is the supermassive black hole in a galaxy center fuelled to become an AGN? What is the main physical mechanism that quenches star formation? How powerful are the stellar and AGN feedback processes in regulating galaxy evolution? And what is the role of the environment on galaxy evolution and AGN triggering? Astronomers engage in these discussions spanning from early galaxies to the present day.

Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time (IAU S356)

Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time (IAU S356)

Author: Mirjana Povic Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

IAU Symposium 356 summarises the most recent results in the field of active galaxies and active galactic nuclei (AGN). These are some of the most luminous sources in the Universe, also the most distant ones that we can observe, so they are very important for understanding the early Universe and its evolution through cosmic time. This volume gives an overview of the current status in the field of active galaxies including: AGN multiwavelength observations; different AGN types and their properties; AGN variability; active supermassive black holes and properties of galaxies in which they reside; triggering, feedback and shutting off AGN activity; relativistic jets and environments of active galaxies; and AGN evolution. IAU S356 was the third IAU symposium organised in Africa in the past 100 years since the IAU was established, and the first one organised in Ethiopia, highlighting current developments in astronomical research in Africa.

Molecular Astrophysics

Molecular Astrophysics

Author: A. G. G. M. (Universiteit Leiden) Tielens Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

Focusing on the organic inventory of regions of star and planet formation in the interstellar medium of galaxies, this comprehensive overview of the molecular universe is an invaluable reference source for advanced undergraduates through to entry-level researchers. It includes an extensive discussion of microscopic physical and chemical processes in the universe; these play a role in the excitation, spectral characteristics, formation, and evolution of molecules in the gas phase and on grain surfaces. In addition, the latest developments in this area of molecular astrophysics provide a firm foundation for an in-depth understanding of the molecular phases of the interstellar medium. The physical and chemical properties of gaseous molecules, mixed molecular ices, and large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules and fullerenes and their role in the interstellar medium are highlighted. For those with an interest in the molecular universe, this advanced textbook bridges the gap between molecular physics, astronomy, and physical chemistry.

General Relativity and its Applications

General Relativity and its Applications

Author: Valeria Ferrari, Leonardo Gualtieri, Paolo Pani Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Containing the latest, groundbreaking discoveries in the field, this text outlines the basics of Einstein's theory of gravity with a focus on its most important astrophysical consequences, including stellar structures, black holes and the physics of gravitational waves. Blending advanced topics - usually not found in introductory textbooks - with examples, pedagogical boxes, mathematical tools and practical applications of the theory, this textbook maximises learning opportunities and is ideal for master and graduate students in Physics and Astronomy. Key features: * Provides a self-contained and consistent treatment of the subject that does not require advanced previous knowledge of the field. * Explores the subject with a new focus on gravitational waves and astrophysical relativity, unlike current introductory textbooks. * Fully up-to-date, containing the latest developments and discoveries in the field.

General Relativity and its Applications

General Relativity and its Applications

Author: Valeria Ferrari, Leonardo Gualtieri, Paolo Pani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Containing the latest, groundbreaking discoveries in the field, this text outlines the basics of Einstein's theory of gravity with a focus on its most important astrophysical consequences, including stellar structures, black holes and the physics of gravitational waves. Blending advanced topics - usually not found in introductory textbooks - with examples, pedagogical boxes, mathematical tools and practical applications of the theory, this textbook maximises learning opportunities and is ideal for master and graduate students in Physics and Astronomy. Key features: * Provides a self-contained and consistent treatment of the subject that does not require advanced previous knowledge of the field. * Explores the subject with a new focus on gravitational waves and astrophysical relativity, unlike current introductory textbooks. * Fully up-to-date, containing the latest developments and discoveries in the field.