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Extreme Stars : At the Edge of Creation - James B. Kaler

Extreme Stars

At the Edge of Creation

Paperback Published: 25th November 2010
ISBN: 9780521158022
Number Of Pages: 258

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Over the past 200 years, our knowledge of stars has expanded enormously. From seeing myriad dots of different brightnesses, we haved moved on to measure their distances, temperatures, sizes, chemical compositions, and even ages, finding both young and ancient stars that dwarf our Sun and are dwarfed by it. Unique in its approach, Extreme Stars describes the lives of stars from a new perspective by examining their amazing features. The result is a refreshing, up-to-date, and engaging overview of stellar evolution, suitable for everyone interested in viewing or studying the stars. Ten chapters, generously illustrated throughout, explain the natures of the brightest, the largest, the hottest, and the youngest, among other kinds of stars, ending with a selection of the strangest stars the Universe has to offer. Extreme Stars shows how stars develop and die and how each extreme turns into another under the inexorable twin forces of time and gravity. James B. Kaler is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has held Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, has been awarded medals for his work from the University of Liege in Belgium and the University of Mexico, and most recently was selected to give the Armand Spitz lecture by the Great Lakes Planetarium Association. His research area, in which he has published over 100 papers, involves dying stars. Kaler has also written for a variety of popular magazines, including Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and Scientific American. His previous books include The Ever-Changing Sky (Cambridge, 1996), Stars and their Spectra (Cambridge, 1997), Cosmic Clouds (Scientific American Library Paperback, 1998), and The Little Book of Stars (Copernicus, 2000). He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and is a frequent guest on radio and television shows.

Review of the hardback: 'Extreme Stars is an excellent, well-illustrated introduction to the vagaries of stellar life. ... Kaler's outstanding ability to clarify complex processes has made this book the best introduction to stellar evolution that I have read.' David Hughes, New Scientist
Review of the hardback: '... the journey that Kaler takes us on is not a conventional one. Rather than simply relating how stars with particular masses are born, live and die, he examines, in turn, stars which would win some accolade in the Guinness Book of Records, as, for example, the coolest, the brightest or the oldest. A strength of this approach is that Kaler is able to delight in bringing out just how awesome some apparently ordinary looking stars are. He provides plenty of named examples that you could see for yourself in the night sky. Along the way he covers a great deal of stellar astrophysics.' Alan Longstaff, Popular Astronomy
Review of the hardback: 'This book takes the reader on a trip through a whole zoo of different stars ...exhilarating ... There are excellent explanations of the physics of what is going on and a good collection of photographs ... this is a very good book which shows that there are things in astronomy that are at least as interesting and complex as those in cosmology.' John Dyson, Astronomy Now
Review of the hardback: '...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.' American Association of Variable Star Observers Bookstore
"Astronomer Kaler gives a whirlwind tour of the Universe replete with diagrams and stellar images." Discover
"A superbly written and presented introduction to neophyte astronomers and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the nature of stars." Midwest Book Review
"Packed with accurate yet easy-to-digest scientific information...Almost every page is beautifully written, with text that sometimes verges on the poetic." Physics World
"...an unusual overview of stellar evolution." Morning News
"Wtihin a delicate balance of entertaining facts and useful information, armchair and professional astrono,ers alike will be pleased with the faintest, the coolest, the hottest, the brightest, the largest, the smallest, the youngest, the oldest, and the strangest that Extreme Stars^ has to offer." Mercury Nov-Dec 2001
"Extreme Stars is an interesting, engaging, and thorough presentation of stellar astronomy from a new perspective....this book's careful treatment and fresh outlook make it an excellent resource and a delightful read." Astronomy Jan 2002
"With a delicate balance of entertaining facts and useful information, armchair and prfessional astronomers alike will be pleased with the fainst, the coolest, the hottest, the brightest, the largest, the smallest, the youngest, the oldest, and the strangest that Extreme Star has to offer." MERCURY Review Nov-Dec 2001
"We are intrigued by superlatives: Longest, shortest, largest, smallest, brightest, dimmest- extremes that simultaneously defy and define the average...Extreme Star is rigorous enough to be used as an introductory textbook, but light enough for an amateur or scientist to read for pleasure, a rare and delicate balance for a trade book...Extreme Star is an interesting, engaging, and thorough presentation of stellar astronomy from a new perspective. Whether you enjoy casual stargazing or teach astronomy, this book's careful treatment and fresh outlook make it an excellent resource and a delightful read." ASTRONOMY Magazine Jan 2002
"Though Kaler's approach is unorthodox, don't be fooled into thinkig that he's cut corners...the book contains as much depth as any text on the subject. With a delicate balance of entertaining facts and useful information, armchair and professional astronomers alike will be pleased with the faintist, the coolest, the hottest, the brightest, the largest, the smallest, the youngest, the oldest, and the strangest that "IExtreme Stars has to offer." Mercury, Nov-Dec 2001
"...excellent...Kaler has put together a very readable, fascinating astronomy book." Planetarian
"...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

Preface
Prologue
Sun and stars
The faintest (and coolest) stars
The coolest stars ...; continued
The hottest stars
The brightest stars
The largest stars
The smallest stars
The youngest stars
The oldest stars
The strangest stars
Index
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ISBN: 9780521158022
ISBN-10: 0521158028
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 17.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43

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