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The Little Book of Stars

Popular Science

Series: The Little Book Series (Springer)

By: James B Kaler

184 pages, 30 illus

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2000 | #106858 | ISBN: 0387950052
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NHBS Price: £11.99 $15/€14 approx

About this book

Covers the history of stars in our culture from Greek mythology to horoscopes, and how we use them for everything from navigation to personality profiles.

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"a ]Everything a popular science book should bea ]it is a delight to read and is packed with accurate yet easy-to-digest scientific information." Physics World


Contents

Stars: Beginnings. Defining a star. Chemical composition. Age. Gravitational compression. Nuclear reactions.- Collections: Distances and luminosities. Doubles, multiples, and masses. Clusters. Our Galaxy. Other galaxies. The universe of galaxies.- Kinds: The Sun. Spectra and classes. The HR diagram. Dwarfs and giants. Supergiants. White dwarfs.- Parade: The night sky. Constellations. Naming the stars. Your fortune please. Timekeepers. The navigator.- Bazaar: Variable stars. Pitch and catch. Strange. chemistries. Planetary nebulae. Supernovae. Neutron stars.- Linkages: Main sequence evolution. Growth. Transformation. Cataclysm. Darkness.- Dawn: Nebulae. Building blocks. Collapse. Birth. Disks and planets. Looking outward.

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