Stars

Stars

by James B. Kaler, James B. Kaler
     
 

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In this fascinating Journey to the farther reaches of space, astronomer James Kaler explores the nature of stars, describing their origins, varieties, distributions, compositions, and distinctive histories. He demonstrates that stars are the key to our comprehension of how the universe evolved--and that the birth, development, and death of stars is intimately

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In this fascinating Journey to the farther reaches of space, astronomer James Kaler explores the nature of stars, describing their origins, varieties, distributions, compositions, and distinctive histories. He demonstrates that stars are the key to our comprehension of how the universe evolved--and that the birth, development, and death of stars is intimately associated with our own origins.

From the earliest folklore to recent theories about dark matter, Stars chronicles the science of stellar astronomy, concluding with the evolution of high mass stars, whose spectacular deaths generate supernovae, pulsars, neutron stars, and enigmatic black holes. Elegantly written and illustrated, Stars is a compelling portrait of the cosmos as a vast engine of regeneration where stars are born, live, and die.

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Kaler (astronomy, U. of Illinois) both charts the development of the science of astronomy and describes the current knowledge of the nature of stars, with a chapter devoted to the specific characterization of the sun. Thoroughly, and often spectacularly, illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780716760313
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/1998
Series:
Scientific American Library Paperback Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

James B. Kaler, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is internationally recognized for his work on stars and stellar evolution.

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