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Book Recommendation On Astrophysics

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    Iam a 2nd year electrical engineering student. But, I would like a book that explains the most modern physics and astrophysics. A book that starts off explaining about stars, black holes, worm holes, dark matter ... timespace curveture, all the way to the most recent modern cosmological discoveries and theories... and in detail.. If it takes more than one book to cover these subjects, please tell me
    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Mar 12, 2013 #2
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  4. Mar 13, 2013 #3
    Thanks alot!
     
  5. Mar 18, 2013 #4

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    This inquiry is similar to another thread.
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=678412

    The recommended text is similar in organization to the others, particularly Chaisson and MacMillan.

    Cosmic Perspective with Mastering Astronomy, The, 6/E
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Cosmic-Perspective-6th-Edition/dp/0321633660?tag=vglnk-ca-c97-20
    http://www.amazon.ca/The-Cosmic-Perspective-6th-Edition/dp/0321633660?tag=vglnk-ca-c97-20
    Jeffrey O. Bennett, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Megan O. Donahue, Michigan State University
    Nicholas Schneider, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Mark Voit, Michigan State University

    http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educ...ith-MasteringAstronomy-The/9780321620903.page

    Table of Contents

    I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE

    1. Our Place in the Universe
    2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself
    3. The Science of Astronomy
    S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation

    II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY

    4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
    5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos
    6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery

    III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS

    7. Our Planetary System
    8. Formation of the Solar System
    9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
    10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
    11. Jovian Planet Systems
    12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts
    13. Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds

    IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE

    S2. Space and Time
    S3. Spacetime and Gravity
    S4. Building Blocks of the Universe

    V. STARS

    14. Our Star
    15. Surveying the Stars
    16. Star Birth
    17. Star Stuff
    18. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard

    VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND

    19. Our Galaxy
    20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology
    21. Galaxy Evolution
    22. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe
    23. The Beginning of Time

    VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND

    24. Life in the Universe
     
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  6. Apr 2, 2013 #5
    For core of astrophysics the 3 short volumes of "Stellar Physics" by Bohm-Vitense are ok, my introductory astrophysics course was based on this. Or replace the 3rd volume with Piranya's "Introduction to Stellar Structure and Evolution", much better for this part of the subject.

    If you're just interested in black holes, GR, and some introductory things in cosmology, check the book titled "Relativity Demystified". Really cheap and doesn't skimp on the content (it is not light on the math, you could teach yourself basic tensor calculus and GR from this, but it's not pedantic either, quite friendly).

    Liddle's "Introduction to Modern Cosmology" is ok and short, relatively up to date and just requires calculus. Some people seem to like it.

    Longair's "High Energy Astrophysics" reads very friendly so if you're bored in your library, this might entertain you.
     
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