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Article Contents
1 Introduction
2 Thermodynamics of self-gravitating systems
3 Thermodynamical stability of self-gravitating systems
4 Connexion with statistical mechanics
5 Generalized thermodynamics and Tsallis entropy
6 The isobaric ensemble
7 Stability of galaxies and stars
8 Conclusion
Appendix A: Some useful identities for isothermal spheres
Appendix B: Some useful identities for polytropic spheres
Appendix C: Equation of pulsations and boundary conditions

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