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Bridging the gap between physics and astronomy textbooks, this book provides step-by-step physical and mathematical development of fundamental astrophysical processes underlying a wide range of phenomena in stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy. The book has been written for upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students, and its strong pedagogy ensures solid mastery of each process and application. It contains over 150 tutorial figures, numerous examples of astronomical measurements, and 201 exercises. Topics covered include the Kepler–Newton problem, stellar structure, binary evolution, radiation processes, special relativity in astronomy, radio propagation in the interstellar medium, and gravitational lensing. Applications presented include Jeans length, Eddington luminosity, the cooling of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the Sunyaev–Zeldovich effect, Doppler boosting in jets, and determinations of the Hubble constant. This text is a stepping stone to more specialized books and primary literature. Password-protected solutions to the exercises are available to instructors at


'The author’s engaging writing style makes this a very enjoyable book. Each topic starts with interesting observational material, then goes to a discussion of the physical concepts, amplified by mathematics, and very good figures, and then ties it up by finishing with more observational applications, either solving the problem posed at the beginning of the chapter or presenting new ones. This is a perfect book for seniors.'

Marc L. Kutner - author of Astronomy: A Physical Perspective

'A lucid introduction to a selection of basic topics in astronomy, explaining the physics behind the astrophysics. Radiative processes are treated with just the right level of rigor that students learn how to carry out useful computations while developing their physical intuition. I have successfully used portions of this book for my first-year graduate class.'

Eugene Chiang - Associate Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley

'This excellent book takes 12 areas of astrophysics, starting with Newton and Kepler and ending with gravitational lensing and sets out the underlying physics in clear fashion. … Highly recommended.'

Guy Pooley Source: The Observatory

Review of Astronomy Methods, also by Hale Bradt:'… a brilliant addition to the pedagogy. It is timely, focused, well written, and at the appropriate level … Astronomy Methods will be useful to all students of astronomy and astrophysics, irrespective of whether they intend to specialize in observational astronomy. The material can be adapted easily for various related courses, which makes the book even more valuable.'

Source: Physics Today

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Credits, further reading, and references
Credits, further reading, and references
Astrophysics – specialized topics
Binney, J. and Tremaine, S., Galactic Dynamics, Princeton University Press, 1987 (10)
Böhm-Vitense, E., Stellar Astrophysics, two volumes, Cambridge University Press, 1989 (2,3,4)
Burke, B. and Graham-Smith, F., An Introduction to Radio Astronomy, 2nd Ed., Cambridge University Press, 2002
Clayton, D., Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis, McGraw-Hill, 1968 (2,3,4)
Hanson, C., Kawaler, S. and Trimble, V., Stellar Interiors, 2nd Ed., Springer-Verlag, 2004 (2,3,4)
Kraus, J., Radio Astronomy, 2nd Ed., Cygnus-Quasar, 1986 (10)
Krolik, J., Active Galactic Nuclei, Princeton University Press, 1999 (7)
Lang, K., Astrophysical Formulae, 3rd Ed., Springer-Verlag, 1999
Rose, W., Advanced Stellar Astrophysics, Cambridge University Press, 1998
Rossi, B. and Olbert, S., Introduction to the Physics of Space, McGraw-Hill, 1970 (5,8)
Rybicki, G. and Lightman, A., Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley-Interscience, 1979 (5,6,7,8,9)
Schneider, P., Ehlers, J. and Falco, E., Gravitational Lenses, Springer-Verlag, 1992 (12)
Schwarzschild, M., Structure and Evolution of the Stars, Princeton University Press, 1958 (2,3,4)
Shapiro, S. and Teukolsky, S., Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Neutron Stars, Wiley-Interscience, 1983 (4)
Swihart, T., Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy, Wiley, 1968 (4)
Tucker, W., Radiation Processes in Astrophysics, MIT Press, 1975 (5,6,8,9)
Verschuur, G. and Kellermann, K., Radio Astronomy, 2nd Ed., Springer-Verlag, 1988 (8, 10)
Weinberg, S., Gravitation and Cosmology, Wiley, 1972 (6, 12)
Physics textbooks
Bekefi, G. and Barrett, A., Electromagnetic Vibrations, Waves, and Radiation, MIT Press, 1977 (5, 11)
Bergmann, P., Introduction to Special Relativity, Prentice-Hall, 1942 (7)
Cohen-Tannoudji, C., Diu, B. and Laloe, F., Quantum Mechanics, Wiley-Interscience, 1977 (10)
French, A., Special Relativity, Norton, 1968 (7)
Gasiorowicz, S., Quantum Physics, 3rd Ed., Wiley-Interscience, 2003 (10)
Symon, K., Mechanics, 3rd Ed., Addison Wesley, 1971 (1)
Review articles
Carlstrom, J., Holder, G., and Reese, E., “Cosmology with the S-Z effect,” ARAA 40, 643 (2002) (9)
Cowie, L. and Songaila, A., “High-resolution optical and ultraviolet absorption-line studies of the interstellar gas,” ARAA 24, 499 (1986) (10)
Cox, D., “The three-phase interstellar medium revisited,” ARAA 43, 337 (2005) (10)
Melia, F. and Falcke, H., “The supermassive black hole at the galactic center,” ARAA 39, 309 (2001) (1)
R. Narayan and M. Bartelmann, “Lectures on gravitational lensing,” arXiv:astro-ph/9606001v2 (1997) (12)
Refregier, A., “Weak gravitational lensing by large-scale structure,” ARAA 41, 645 (2003) (12)
R. Remillard, and J. McClintock, , “X-ray properties of black-hole binaries,” ARAA 44, 49 (2006) (4)
Rosati, P., Borgani,, S. and Norman, C., “The evolution of x-ray clusters of galaxies,” ARAA 40, 539 (2002) (9)
Sofue, Y. and Rubin, V., “Rotation curves of spiral galaxies,” ARAA, 39, 137 (2001) (10)
T. Tauris and E. van den Heuvel, “Formation and evolution of compact stellar x-ray sources,” in Lewin, W. and Klis, M., eds., Compact Stellar X-ray Sources, Cambridge University Press, 2006 (4)
Urry, C. and Padovani, P., “Unified schemes for radio-loud active galactic nuclei,” PASP, 107, 803 (1995) (7)
General astrophysics texts for science majors
Carroll, B. and D., Ostlie, An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, 2nd Ed., Addison Wesley, 2007
Duric, N., Advanced Astrophysics, Cambridge University Press, 2004
Harwit, M., Astrophysical Concepts, 4th Ed., Springer-Verlag, 2006
Longair, M., The Cosmic Century, Cambridge University Press, 2006
Padmanabhan, T., An Invitation to Astrophysics, World Scientific, 2006; see also his graduate texts (Theoretical Astrophysics)
Rose, W., Astrophysics, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1973
Shu, F., An Introduction to Astronomy, University Science Books, 1982
Unsold, A. and Baschek, B. (W. Brewer, trans.), The New Cosmos: An Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics, 5th Ed., Springer-Verlag, 2002
Zeilik, M. and Gregory, S., Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics, 4th Ed., Saunders College Publishing, 1998
Research results
Review articles in the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics; each volume contains a list of titles of the previous dozen or so volumes
Articles in amateur astronomy magazines such as Sky and Telescope (see “News Notes”) and Astronomy
Occasional review articles in American Scientist, Physics Today, and Scientific American
NASA's Astrophysical Data System (ADS) on the Internet; search for review articles on a given topic or for a specific journal article.
General reference
Cox, A., ed., Allen's Astrophysical Quantities, 4th Ed., AIP, 2000
Lang, K., Astrophysical Formulae 3rd Ed., Astronomy and Astrophysics Library, 1999
Maran, S., The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia, Van Nostrand/Reinhold, 1992
Meyers, R., ed., Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, AIP, 1989
Mitton, J., Cambridge Dictionary of Astronomy, Cambridge University Press, 2001
Murdin, P., Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, four volumes, Nature Publishing Group, 2001
Ridpath, I., Norton's 2000.0 Star Atlas and Reference Handbook, Longman, 1989
Zimmerman, R., The Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space, Onyx, 2000


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