One of the world's most distinguished astrophysicists presents a comprehensive theoretical treatment of the dynamical evolution of globular clusters. Lyman Spitzer's research in this field established the framework for decades of investigation. Now he summarizes in a unified, systematic way this branch of theoretical astrophysics with its still challenging problems.
Originally published in 1988.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- Preface, pg. ix
- 1. Overview, pg. 1
- 2. Velocity Changes Produced by Stellar Encounters, pg. 25
- 3. Evolution of Idealized Models, pg. 51
- 4. Dynamical Evolution of the Standard Model, pg. 75
- 5. Effects of External Fields, pg. 101
- 6. Encounters with Binary Stars, pg. 122
- 7. Late Phases of Cluster Evolution, pg. 148
- List of Symbols, pg. 174
- INDEX, pg. 179