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From White Dwarfs to Black Holes

The Legacy of S. Chandrasekhar

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.

254 pages | 3 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1999

Physical Sciences: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics and Astronomy

Table of Contents

1. Stars: Their Structure and Evolution
G. Srinivasan
2. Neutron Stars Before 1967 and My Debt to Chandra
E. E. Salpeter
3. The Stellar-Dynamical 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 Post-Newtonian 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

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