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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"...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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