Theoretical Astrophysics. Atomic Theory and the Analysis of Stellar Atmospheres and Envelopes.
by ROSSELAND, Svein (1894-1985).
Oxford:: Clarendon Press, 1936., 1936. Series: The International Series of Monographs on Physics. 8vo. xix, , 355,  pp. 47 figs. [fig. 47 mis-numbered "44"], tables, index. Blue gilt-stamped cloth. Ownership rubberstamp of Bruce P. Bogert, Mass. Inst. Tech., 1942; as well as stamp & signature of L.C. Biedenharn Jr., 12 Apr. 1948 [see below]. Near fine. First edition. The author, from Blindern, nr. Oslo, Norway, an astrophysicist and a pioneer in the field of theoretical astrophysics, writes, that "among natural sciences astronomy … is the most poetical of sciences, and many a beautiful human dream was woven into a celestial language." [Intro.] During WWII, when the Germans occupied Norway, he fled the country and came to the US as professor at Princeton University, then worked on the British experiments that resulted in radar. He also, during the time, worked on underwater explosions, and taught at Columbia University. Jensen called Rosseland one of Norway's greatest scientists, he had a remarkable intellect that allowed him, born to a farming family, to be motivated to teach himself and excel academically. This book, Jensen states, "his most important book, containing many original contributions" outlining the science of astrophysics. PROVENANCE:  Bruce Plympton Bogert (1923-), mathematician, wrote his thesis at MIT, Dept. of Mathematics, "The physical applications of hypergeometric functions", 1946.  Lawrence Christian Biedenharn, Jr. (18 November 1922, Vicksburg, Mississippi – 12 February 1996, Austin, Texas) was an American theoretical nuclear physicist and mathematical physicist, a leading expert on applications of Lie group theory to physics. He received his PhD at MIT. While he was associated at times with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Yale University, and Rice, for much of his career he taught at Duke University, retiring and then teaching as adjunct professor at the University of Texas, Austin. See: Jensen, E., "Svein Rosseland, 31 March 1894 - 19 January 1985." [Obit.]. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 27, No. 3, p. 512 – 514.
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