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The Astronomers' Magic Envelope: An Introduction to Astrophysics Emphasizing General Principles and Orders of Magnitude

Prasenjit Saha and Paul A. Taylor


This is a conceptual introduction to astrophysical processes, at the advanced-undergraduate level. Topics are developed in more or less their historical order of discovery, but from a modern perspective. The book begins with orbits, gradually building in complexity to chaos, relativistic orbits and gravitational lensing, and eventually a semi-classical treatment of gravitational-wave sources. The second part is about how stars work, including related topics like the mass—radius relations for planets and stellar remnants. The third part is about the expanding universe and its history, the concl ... More

Keywords: astrophysics, orbital dynamics, stellar structure, cosmology, quantum mechanics, relativity, problem solving, numerical examples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816461
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Prasenjit Saha, author
Titular Professor of Physics, University of Zurich

Paul A. Taylor, author
Lecturer and Staff Scientist, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences network, and NIH, Bathesda, USA