Theory of Rotating Stars. (PSA-1), Volume 1 (Princeton Series in Astrophysics)
Ever since the first observations of sunspots in the earlyseventeenth century, stellar rotation has been a major topic inastronomy and astrophysics. Jean-Louis Tassoul synthesizes a largenumber of theoretical investigations on rotating stars. Drawingupon his own research, Professor Tassoul also carefully critiquesvarious competing ideas.In the first three chapters, the author provides a shorthistorical sketch of stellar rotation, the main observational dataon the Sun and other stars on which the subsequent theory is based,and the basic Newtonian hydrodynamics used to study rotating stars.Following a discussion of some general mechanical properties ofstars in a state of permanent rotation, he reviews the maintechniques for determining the structure of a rotating star and itsstability with respect to infinitesimal disturbances. Since theactual distribution of angular momentum within stars is stillunknown, Professor Tassoul considers various models of angularmomentum as well as of meridional circulation. He devotes the restof his study to the problems concerning various groups of stars andstages in stellar evolution.Originally published in 1979.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latestprint-on-demand technology to again make available previouslyout-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of PrincetonUniversity Press. These editions preserve the original texts ofthese important books while presenting them in durable paperbackand hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library isto vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found inthe thousands of books published by Princeton University Presssince its founding in 1905.