The Stars of Heaven

The Stars of Heaven

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by Clifford A. Pickover
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195171594

ISBN-13: 9780195171594

Pub. Date: 03/05/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Do a little armchair space travel, rub elbows with alien life forms, and stretch your mind to the furthest corners of our uncharted universe. With this astonishing guidebook, you don't have to be an astronomer to explore the mysteries of stars and their profound meaning for human existence. Clifford A. Pickover tackles a range of topics from stellar evolution to

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Do a little armchair space travel, rub elbows with alien life forms, and stretch your mind to the furthest corners of our uncharted universe. With this astonishing guidebook, you don't have to be an astronomer to explore the mysteries of stars and their profound meaning for human existence. Clifford A. Pickover tackles a range of topics from stellar evolution to the fundamental reasons why the universe permits life to flourish. He alternates sections that explain the mysteries of the cosmos with sections that dramatize mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialog between futuristic humans and their alien peers (who embark on a journey beyond the reader's wildest imagination). This highly accessible and entertaining approach turns an intimidating subject into a scientific game open to all dreamers. Told in Pickover's inimitable blend of fascinating state-of-the-art science and whimsical science fiction, and packed with numerous diagrams and illustrations, The Stars of Heaven unfolds a world of paradox and mystery, one that will intrigue anyone who has ever pondered the night sky with wonder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195171594
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/05/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionx
Chapter 1Stellar Parallax and the Quest for Transcendence1
Chapter 2The Joy and Paschen of Starlight14
Chapter 3Spectral Classes, Temperatures, and Doppler Shifts39
Chapter 4Luminosity and the Distance Modulus58
Chapter 5Hertzsprung-Russell, Mass-Luminosity Relations, and Binary Stars71
Chapter 6Last Tango on the Heliopause90
Chapter 7Stellar Evolution and the Helium Flash117
Chapter 8Stellar Graveyards, Nucleosynthesis, and Why We Exist142
Chapter 9Some Final Thoughts188
Notes198
Appendix 1.Stars in the Bible212
Appendix 2.Updates and Breakthroughs217
Further Reading224
About the Author226
Index229

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