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Introduction to Stellar Dynamics
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Introduction to Stellar Dynamics (Hardback)

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The study of stellar dynamics is experiencing an exciting new wave of interest thanks to observational campaigns and the ready availability of powerful computers. Whilst its relevance includes many areas of astrophysics, from the structure of the Milky Way to dark matter halos, few texts are suited to advanced students. This volume provides a broad overview of the key concepts beyond the elementary level, bridging the gap between the standard texts and specialist literature. The author reviews Newtonian gravity in depth before examining the dynamical properties of collisional and collisionless stellar-dynamical systems that result from gravitational interactions. Guided examples and exercises ensure a thorough grounding in the mathematics, while discussions of important practical applications give a complete picture of the subject. Readers are given a sound working knowledge of the fundamental ideas and techniques employed in the field and the conceptual background needed to progress to more advanced graduate-level treatises.

Science & MathematicsAstronomy, space & timeScience & MathematicsMathematicsApplied mathematicsMathematical modellingScience & MathematicsPhysicsApplied physicsAstrophysics Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 31/07/2021 ISBN-13: 9781107001534  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Luca Ciotti is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Bologna, where he has also served for many years as Director of the Collegio Superiore. Since 1992 he has been a long-term visitor of the Princeton University Observatory. His work developed in several fields of theoretical astrophysics, with main interests in stellar dynamics, fluid dynamics, and black hole accretion. This is his second book in the field, having previously written Lecture Notes on Stellar Dynamics (2001) based on the lectures given at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

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