Ever since some stars were found to pulsate in the early 20th century,
stellar pulsation has been a major topic in astronomy and astrophysics.
The huge amount of data recently available from observational surveys,
new discoveries from space missions and studies of pulsating stars
in low-metallicity environments have opened new perspectives and
challenges. Nevertheless, progress in finding the holy grail of
stellar pulsation – the use of pulsation to study stellar
interiors (asteroseismology) – has been slow. The realization
that a problem exists with the current stellar opacities is a major
setback. CURRENT CHALLENGES IN STELLAR PULSATION describes the search
for solutions to these problems over the last few years. It summarizes
recent research in all fields of stellar pulsation, providing valuable
guidelines to both students and researchers in the field.