Cauldrons in the Cosmos: Nuclear Astrophysics

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University of Chicago Press, 1988 - Science - 561 pages
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Nuclear astrophysics is, in essence, a science that attempts to understand and explain the physical universe beyond the Earth by studying its smallest particles. Cauldrons in the Cosmos, by Claus E. Rolfs and William S. Rodney, serves as a basic introduction to these endeavors. From the major discoveries in the field to a discussion of the makeup of stars to an explanation of standard lab techniques, this text provides students and scientists alike a thorough and fascinating survey of the accomplishments, goals, and methods of nuclear astrophysics. A classic in its field, Cauldrons in the Cosmos will surely remain an important reference in nuclear astrophysics for years to come.

"One could not wish for a better account of the current state of knowledge (and uncertainty) about nuclear reactions in stars."—B. E. J. Pagel, Nature

"Written in an informal style that those uninitiated into the jargon of nuclear astrophysics and astronomy will find readable and illuminating. . . . A useful and long-awaited introduction to nuclear astrophysics."—G. J. Mathews, Science

 

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Contents

AstronomyObserving the Universe
1
AstrophysicsExplaining the Universe
55
Definitions and General Characteristics
133
Determination of Stellar Reaction Rates
150
Laboratory Equipment and Techniques
190
Hydrogen Burning
327
Advanced and Explosive Burning
413
Nucleosynthesis beyond Iron
449
Miscellaneous Topics
490
Epilogue
515
References
523
Index
551
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About the author (1988)

Claus E. Rolfs is professor of physics at the University of Münster. William S. Rodney is the Adjunct Research Professor of Physics at Georgetown University and a Guggenheim fellow.

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