James Binney

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780198752851
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191814273 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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Astrophysics is the physics of the stars and, more widely, the Universe. It explores the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, galaxies, interstellar gas, and the cosmos as a whole. The field has expanded rapidly in the past century, with vast quantities of data gathered by telescopes exploiting the full electromagnetic spectrum, combined with the rapid advance of computing power, allowing increasingly effective mathematical modelling. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction illustrates how the application of fundamental principles of physics—the consideration of energy and mass, and momentum—along with relativity and quantum mechanics, has provided insights into phenomena ranging from supernovae and accretion discs to pulsars and spiral galaxies.

Keywords: angular momentum; astrophysics; black hole; cosmic microwave background; electromagnetic spectrum; magnetic field; Isaac Newton; Pauli exclusion principle; quantum mechanics; relativity; uncertainty principle

Book.  176 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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