
From White Dwarfs to Black Holes: The Legacy of S. Chandrasekhar
University of Chicago Press, 1999 Cloth: 9780226769967  Paper: 9780226769974
ABOUT THIS BOOK  AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY  TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
From White Dwarfs to Black Holes chronicles the extraordinarily productive scientific career of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, one of the twentieth century's most distinguished astrophysicists. Among Chandrasekhar's many discoveries were the critical mass that makes a star too massive to become a white dwarf and the mathematical theory of black holes. In 1983 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for these and other achievements.
Over the course of more than six decades of active research Chandrasekhar investigated a dizzying array of subjects. G. Srinivasan notes in the preface to this book that "the range of Chandra's contributions is so vast that no one person in the physics or astronomy community can undertake the task of commenting on his achievements." Thus, in this collection, ten eminent scientists evaluate Chandrasekhar's contributions to their own fields of specialization. Donald E. Osterbrock closes the volume with a historical discussion of Chandrasekhar's interactions with graduate students during his more than quarter century at Yerkes Observatory. Contributors are James Binney, John L. Friedman, Norman R. Lebovitz, Donald E. Osterbrock, E. N. Parker, Roger Penrose, A. R. P. Rau, George B. Rybicki, E. E. Salpeter, Bernard F. Schutz, and G. Srinivasan. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
G. Srinivasan is a member of the Raman Research Institute. He is also the editor of the Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, published by the Indian Academy of Sciences.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
1. Stars: Their Structure and Evolution G. Srinivasan 2. Neutron Stars Before 1967 and My Debt to Chandra E. E. Salpeter 3. The StellarDynamical Oeuvre James Binney 4. Radiative Transfer George B. Rybicki 5. The Negative Ion of Hydrogen A. R. P. Rau 6. S. Chandrasekhar and Magnetohydrodynamics E. N. Parker 7. The Virial Method and the Classical Ellipsoids Norman R. Lebovitz 8. Making the Transition from Newton to Einstein: Chandrasekhar's Work on the PostNewtonian Approximation and Radiation Reaction Bernard F. Schutz 9. Stability Theory of Relativistic Stars John L. Friedman 10. Chandrasekhar, Black Holes, and Singularities Roger Penrose 11. Chandra and His Students at Yerkes Observatory Donald E. Osterbrock Contributors See other books on: Astronomy  Astrophysics  Chandrasekhar, S.  Legacy  Physics See other titles from University of Chicago Press 
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