A New Approach

  • Wolfgang Kundt

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Pages 1-27
  3. Pages 29-43
  4. Pages 45-60
  5. Pages 61-66
  6. Pages 67-77
  7. Pages 79-88
  8. Pages 89-91
  9. Pages 93-99
  10. Pages 101-112
  11. Pages 113-118
  12. Pages 119-126
  13. Pages 127-132
  14. Pages 133-159
  15. Pages 161-181
  16. Pages 183-208
  17. Pages 209-210
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 211-223

About this book


For a quantitative understanding of the physics of the universe - from the solar system through the milky way to clusters of galaxies all the way to cosmology - these edited lecture notes are perhaps among the most concise and also among the most critical ones: Astrophysics has not yet stood the redundancy test of laboratory physics, hence should be wary of early interpretations. Special chapters are devoted to magnetic and radiation processes, supernovae, disks, black-hole candidacy, bipolar flows, cosmic rays, gamma-ray bursts, image distortions, and special sources. At the same time, planet earth is viewed as the arena for life, with plants and animals having evolved to homo sapiens during cosmic time. -- This text is unique in covering the basic qualitative and quantitative tools, formulae as well as numbers, needed for the precise interpretation of frontline phenomena in astrophysical research. The author compares mainstream interpretations with new and even controversial ones he wishes to emphasize.

The second edition includes numerous updates throughout the book and, in addition, it contains a list of alternative explanations to astrophysical findings that can be seen as a serious testing ground for young scientists.


Accretion Disks Biophysics Bipolar Flows Black Holes Cosmic Rays Gamma-Ray Bursts astrophysics

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Kundt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für AstrophysikUniversität BonnBonnGermany

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