The Little Book of Stars / Edition 1

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The Little Book of Stars answers, in the clearest language, the questions anyone might have about our heavenly canopy. How are stars born? How do they die? Why do they shine? How long do they shine? Is our star, the Sun, dying? How can you tell time from the stars? Or navigate? What are the measures of stars? Can we ever travel to other stars? In this engagingly written and concise book, the second in the Little Book series, noted astronomer James B. Kaler shows us "the significance that the stars have had in human life, how we have used them to tell our stories, and how we use them to find who and where we are."

"...explains both the science & cultural history behind stars in a clear & simple narrative that will engage both astronomy enthusiasts & general readers written by this professional astronomer who has authored several books."

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Editorial Reviews

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The Little Book series from Copernicus offers a concise take on a range of popular subjects from volcanoes to stars. Written by top experts, their small size and attractive packaging make them a nice gift idea for the scientifically minded.
Science News
Universal in scope but focused on just one element of the cosmos, this pocket-size book deals solely with stellar science explaining how stars live such long lives, what makes them shine, and how they relate to life on Earth.
The Little Book of Stars is a superbly written and presented introduction to neophyte astronomers and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the nature of stars.
Tech Direction Magazine
Little Book of Stars is a concise introduction to the study of astronomy. Well-written, engaging prose makes for an accessible and friendly foot in the front door...[the book] doesn't require a knowledge in order to be enjoyed and learned from....If you find Kaler's book as enjoyable as I think you will...then visit Kaler's award-winning website.
Discover Magazine
Astronomer Kaler gives a whirlwind tour of the universe replete with diagrams and stellar images.
Mercury Magazine
The Little Book of Stars answers in clear language the questions anyone might have about our heavenly canopy.
Physics World
[This] charming new book by James everything a popular-science book should be. It is thankfully short....It is a delight to read and is packed with accurate yet easy-to-digest scientific information. There are also none of the distracting thumbnail portraits of influential scientists that other popular-science books like to include to dilute the science. Here the focus is purely and simply on the stars themselves....Almost every page is beautifully written, with text that sometimes verges on the poetic.
From The Critics
The Little Book Of Stars shows how modern astronomers came to understand how stars work, how they congregate, the immense variety of stars (some as small as a city, others vast enough to swallow up our solar system), and the astounding variations in temperature and brightness. Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, James Kaler reveals the extraordinary physical forces that are involved with the birth, growth cycle, and death of stars. A constant reference throughout this informative little volume references our own Sun and solar system. The Little Book Of Stars is a superbly written and presented introduction to neophyte astronomers and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the nature of stars.
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"…Everything a popular science book should be…it is a delight to read and is packed with accurate yet easy-to-digest scientific information." Physics World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387950051
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 11/17/2000
  • Series: Little Book Series
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 stars.- chapter2 collections.- chapter3 the family.- chapter4 nightly parade.- chapter5 stellar surprise.- 6 linkages.- 7 dawn.

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