© 1994

Stellar Interiors

Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 1-33
  3. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 35-108
  4. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 109-148
  5. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 149-173
  6. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 175-207
  7. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 209-260
  8. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 261-314
  9. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 315-338
  10. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 339-357
  11. Carl J. Hansen, Steven D. Kawaler
    Pages 359-420
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 421-445

About this book


That trees should have been cut down to provide paper for this book was an ecological afIront. From a book review. - Anthony Blond (in the Spectator, 1983) The first modern text on our subject, Structure and Evolution of the Stars, was published over thirty years ago. In it, Martin Schwarzschild described numerical experiments that successfully reproduced most of the observed properties of the majority of stars seen in the sky. He also set the standard for a lucid description of the physics of stellar interiors. Ten years later, in 1968, John P. Cox's tw~volume monograph Principles of Stellar Structure appeared, as did the more specialized text Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nuc1eosynthesis by Donald D. Clayton-and what a difference ten years had made. The field had matured into the basic form that it remains today. The past twenty-plus years have seen this branch of astrophysics flourish and develop into a fundamental pillar of modern astrophysics that addresses an enormous variety of phenomena. In view of this it might seem foolish to offer another text of finite length and expect it to cover any more than a fraction of what should be discussed to make it a thorough and self-contained reference. Well, it doesn't. Our specific aim is to introduce only the fundamentals of stellar astrophysics. You will find little reference here to black holes, millisecond pulsars, and other "sexy" objects.


Asteroseismology Evolution Variation gravitation gravity helioseismology star stellar evolution stellar structure sun white dwarf

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Joint Institute for Laboratory AstrophysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Stellar Interiors
  • Book Subtitle Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution
  • Authors Carl J. Hansen
    Steven D Kawaler
  • Series Title Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-94138-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-0216-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-0214-8
  • Series ISSN 0941-7834
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 446
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Astrophysics and Astroparticles
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From the reviews
"Besides being well-written, it presents some fresh perspectives ... Well designed to be a textbook in a senior-level course both for students interested in astronomy and space, planetary and Earth sciences, and for students seeking to consolidate their understanding by using it in a broad set of applications. It can also provide a readable introduction to the subject for scientists working in related areas... The book comes with a PC diskette containing two FORTRAN programs (on stellar evolution). This is now my favorite book to use in a senior-level course."