[mesa-users] A common stellar evolution myth

David Arnett wdarnett at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 00:07:37 EDT 2016

I agree with Richard Townsend. The virial theorem gives hydrostatic
balance, but there is thermal balance too. The two constraints are a
concise version of the four differential equations of stellar evolution.
The two together explain the issue discussed here. It fits with the
discussion in my book, in detail.

David Arnett
Regents Professor
Steward Observatory
University of Arizona

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.  Mark Twain
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.  Aldous Huxley
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