Astronomy 208 Books

(listed in order of usefulness)

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The Classic: Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium, by Lyman Spitzer

An (Expensive!) New Edition of Another (not as good) Classic: The Physics of the Interstellar Medium (Graduate Series in Astronomy) by J. E. Dyson, D. A. Williams

A Very Useful General Reference: Astrophysics. Volume 2 -- Interstellar matter and Galaxies by R.L Bowers and T. Deeming,1984 (Boston: Jones & Bartlett).

Introductory: The Fullness of Space : Nebulae, Stardust, and the Interstellar Medium, by Gareth Wynn-Williams

Inspirational: Dreams, Stars, and Electrons : Selected Writings of Lyman Spitzer, Jr. by Lyman, Jr Spitzer (Editor), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (Editor)

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