By Robert C. Smith
Combining a severe account of observational tools (telescopes and instrumentation) with a lucid description of the Universe, together with stars, galaxies and cosmology, Smith offers a accomplished advent to the entire of recent astrophysics past the sunlight approach. the 1st part describes the recommendations utilized by astronomers to monitor the Universe: optical telescopes and tools are mentioned intimately, yet observations in any respect wavelengths are coated, from radio to gamma-rays. After a brief interlude describing the looks of the sky in any respect wavelengths, the function of positional astronomy is highlighted. within the moment part, a transparent description is given of the contents of the Universe, together with bills of stellar evolution and cosmological versions. absolutely illustrated all through, with workouts given in every one bankruptcy, this textbook presents a radical advent to astrophysics for all physics undergraduates, and a priceless historical past for physics graduates turning to analyze in astronomy.
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