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Self-study Astrophysics by Reading Books

  1. Jan 11, 2017 #1
    I am a mechanical engineering student who got a master offer in space science recently. This master course is more like astrophysics. So if I want to systematically study astrophysics, where should I start and which books should I start reading first of all?
    Thanks!
     
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  3. Jan 11, 2017 #2

    George Jones

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    I recommend "Foundations of Astrophysics" by Barbara Ryden and Bradley M. Peterson.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2017 #3
    cosmology by edward harrison covers just about everything that has to with space and physics. Its very easy to understand. if you are looking for a fast easy intro this is it.
     
  5. Jan 12, 2017 #4
    Due to the fact that Astrophysics is a vastly broad subject, I would recommend that you start by one of the following books.

    An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics
    by Carroll and Ostlie
    or
    Astrophysics for Physicists by Choudhuri

    The first one is the considered the standard textbook in numerours astrophysics courses and the later one is one that I found particularly good.

    The "Foundations of Astrophysics" by Barbara Ryden and Bradley M. Peterson. recommended by George Jones is also pretty good, although I believe that Ryden did a better job with her Cosmology book.

    On the other hand, the Cosmology book by Harrison, is an excellent introductory text for cosmology, but I don't think that it covers much of the general astrophysics topics that one would like to learn.

    In case you would like learn more about more specialized topics such as star formation, fluid dynamics... there are a lot of textbooks especially written for that.
     
  6. Jan 13, 2017 #5
    An Invitation to Astrophysics by Padmanabhan
    https://www.amazon.com/Invitation-Astrophysics-Scientific-Astronomy-Astrophysic/dp/9812566872

    He also has a Theoretical Astrophysics Series
    https://www.amazon.com/Theoretical-Astrophysics-Astrophysical-Processes-Paperback/dp/0521566320
    https://www.amazon.com/Theoretical-Astrophysics-II-Stellar-Systems/dp/0521566312
    https://www.amazon.com/Theoretical-Astrophysics-3-Galaxies-Cosmology/dp/0521566304


    He also wrote a book in an innovative Style
    Cosmology and Astrophysics through Problems
    https://www.amazon.com/Cosmology-Astrophysics-through-Problems-Padmanabhan/dp/0521467837

    I have not read any of these but Padmanabhan wrote a few other books that I really like (Gravitation, QFT, and Sleeping Beauties). He is a great teacher.

    There is a video series that follows this book
    http://pirsa.org/C08018

    Preview here: https://books.google.com/books?id=o...ogy and Astrophysics through Problems&f=false
     
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  7. Jan 14, 2017 #6
    Thanks so much for your recommendations! I searched some of them on amazon.co.uk, and thought these books written by Padmanabhan are really practical to solve astrophysical problems!
     
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