Extreme Stars: At the Edge of Creation / Edition 1

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Overview

"Over the past 200 years, our knowledge of stars has expanded enormously. From seeing myriad dots of different brightnesses, we moved on to measure distances, temperatures, sizes, chemical compositions, even ages, finding stars that dwarf our Sun and are dwarfed by it, some in their youth, others ancient." "Extreme Stars is a unique book describing the lives of stars from a new perspective. It examines their amazing extremes and results in a refreshing, up-to-date and engaging overview of a stellar evolution, suitable for anyone interested in, viewing, or studying stars. Ten chapters, generously illustrated throughout, explain the natures of the faintest stars, of the brightest, the largest, the hottest, the youngest, and so on, ending with a selection of the strangest stars the Universe has to offer. Taken as a whole, the chapters show how stars develop and die and how each extreme turns into another under the inexorable twin forces of time and gravity."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Astronomer Kaler gives a whirlwind tour of the Universe replete with diagrams and stellar images." Discover

"A superbly written and presented introduction to neophyte astronomers and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the nature of stars." Midwest Book Review

"Packed with accurate yet easy-to-digest scientific information...Almost every page is beautifully written, with text that sometimes verges on the poetic." Physics World

"...an unusual overview of stellar evolution." Morning News

"Wtihin a delicate balance of entertaining facts and useful information, armchair and professional astrono,ers alike will be pleased with the faintest, the coolest, the hottest, the brightest, the largest, the smallest, the youngest, the oldest, and the strangest that Extreme Stars has to offer." Mercury Nov-Dec 2001

"Extreme Stars is an interesting, engaging, and thorough presentation of stellar astronomy from a new perspective....this book's careful treatment and fresh outlook make it an excellent resource and a delightful read." Astronomy Jan 2002

"With a delicate balance of entertaining facts and useful information, armchair and prfessional astronomers alike will be pleased with the fainst, the coolest, the hottest, the brightest, the largest, the smallest, the youngest, the oldest, and the strangest that Extreme Star has to offer." MERCURY Review Nov-Dec 2001

"We are intrigued by superlatives: Longest, shortest, largest, smallest, brightest, dimmest- extremes that simultaneously defy and define the average...Extreme Star is rigorous enough to be used as an introductory textbook, but light enough for an amateur or scientist to read for pleasure, a rare and delicate balance for a trade book...Extreme Star is an interesting, engaging, and thorough presentation of stellar astronomy from a new perspective. Whether you enjoy casual stargazing or teach astronomy, this book's careful treatment and fresh outlook make it an excellent resource and a delightful read." ASTRONOMY Magazine Jan 2002

"Though Kaler's approach is unorthodox, don't be fooled into thinkig that he's cut corners...the book contains as much depth as any text on the subject. With a delicate balance of entertaining facts and useful information, armchair and professional astronomers alike will be pleased with the faintist, the coolest, the hottest, the brightest, the largest, the smallest, the youngest, the oldest, and the strangest that "IExtreme Stars has to offer." Mercury, Nov-Dec 2001

"...excellent...Kaler has put together a very readable, fascinating astronomy book." Planetarian"...very readable, very clearly written [and contains] a lot of factual information. It gives the reader a good perspective on the wide range of phenomena coming under the subject of stellar astronomy." —Review from the Online Bookstore of the American Association of Variable Star Observers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521402620
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgements
Prologue
1 Sun and stars 1
2 The faintest (and coolest) stars 25
3 The coolest stars...continued 51
4 The hottest stars 73
5 The brightest stars 99
6 The largest stars 123
7 The smallest stars 145
8 The youngest stars 171
9 The oldest stars 191
10 The strangest stars 211
Index 229
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