Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium

Bruce T. Draine
Princeton University Press (January 2011)

"Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium" is a graduate-level textbook on physical processes in the interstellar and intergalactic medium. It is available in both paperback and hardcover editions from Princeton Univ. Press as well as other booksellers (e.g., Barnes & Noble). The Table of Contents (pdf) and Chapter 1 (pdf) are available for inspection.

If you find errors in the book, please let me know; my address is <>.

Up-to-date compilations of errata are available. Which printing you have can be determined from the last line on the copyright page:

  • 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 : first printing
  • 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 : second printing
  • 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 : third printing
  • 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 : fourth printing


  • errata in the first printing (pdf)
  • errata in the second and third printings (pdf)
  • errata in the fourth printing (pdf)

    A set of exercises (pdf) to accompany the book is available for download. These will be occasionally revised and augmented (check the date on the cover page of the exercises).

    A manual with solutions to these exercises is available to teachers (at no charge) through Princeton University Press -- see for information on how to have this sent to you. Instructors please also see Note to Instructors for errata.

    Most of the figures from the textbook can be downloaded for use in presentations. Please acknowledge the source.
    To see the list of available figures, click here: Figures (pdf) from Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium

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