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Astrophysics in a Nutshell by Dan Maoz
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Astrophysics in a Nutshell (edition 2007)

by Dan Maoz

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Title:Astrophysics in a Nutshell
Authors:Dan Maoz
Info:Princeton University Press (2007), Hardcover, 268 pages
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This book is an excellent and concise overview of current astrophysics. It emphasizes breadth of knowledge rather than depth. If you have some background in astronomy (you took an introductory course) and want to learn the highlights of current thought in astrophysics, this is the book for you! This is also an excellent supplemental book to most astrophysics courses. If you have no knowledge in astronomy, this book is not recommended (you will get lost). However, with supplemental material (such as a lecture) this book will be very useful. Also, this book is great for those studying for their qualifying exams (the problems at the back of the book are fairly straightforward, but well thought-out) . Lastly, this book assumes basic knowledge in physics and of course basic math (calculus, and basic differential equations). Even though it only covers the "highlights" of astrophysics, this is one of the best astronomy books you will find. ( )
  astropi | Dec 26, 2009 |
I find this book to be fantastic. As its name implies, Maoz presents the material in a very straightforward fashion. Can be either used as a supplemental text or reference. ( )
  wmshearon | Feb 10, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0691125848, Hardcover)

A concise but thorough introduction to the observational data and theoretical concepts underlying modern astronomy, Astrophysics in a Nutshell is designed for advanced undergraduate science majors taking a one-semester course. This well-balanced and up-to-date textbook covers the essentials of modern astrophysics--from stars to cosmology--emphasizing the common, familiar physical principles that govern astronomical phenomena, and the interplay between theory and observation.

In addition to traditional topics such as stellar remnants, galaxies, and the interstellar medium, Astrophysics in a Nutshell introduces subjects at the forefront of modern research, including black holes, dark matter, gravitational lensing, and dark energy, all updated with some of the latest observational results. To aid physical understanding, mathematical derivations are kept as simple, short, and clear as possible, and order-of-magnitude estimates, dimensional analysis, and scaling arguments are frequently used. These no-nonsense, "back-of-the-envelope" calculations train students to think like physicists. The book is amply illustrated with simple, clear figures and each chapter ends with a set of problems.

In addition to serving as a course textbook, Astrophysics in a Nutshell is an ideal review for a qualifying exam and a handy reference for teachers and researchers.

The most concise and up-to-date astrophysics textbook for science majors Contains a broad and well-balanced choice of traditional subjects and current research topics Uses simple, short, and clear derivations of physical results Trains students in the essential skills of order-of-magnitude analysis Includes teaching problems with each chapter

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