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The Stars of Heaven - Clifford A. Pickover

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780195171594
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.

"The journey helps readers understand where humans came from, the probable fate of the universe, and what stars tell us about our very being."--Science News "An ambitious overview of astronomy.... The 'stars of heaven' yield the essential secrets of existence itself, and, in so doing, are a spiritual as well as scientific resource."--Kirkus Reviews "The journey helps readers understand where humans came from, the probable fate of the universe, and what stars tell us about our very being."--Science News "An ambitious overview of astronomy.... The 'stars of heaven' yield the essential secrets of existence itself, and, in so doing, are a spiritual as well as scientific resource."--Kirkus Reviews

Introductionp. x
Stellar Parallax and the Quest for Transcendencep. 1
The Joy and Paschen of Starlightp. 14
Spectral Classes, Temperatures, and Doppler Shiftsp. 39
Luminosity and the Distance Modulusp. 58
Hertzsprung-Russell, Mass-Luminosity Relations, and Binary Starsp. 71
Last Tango on the Heliopausep. 90
Stellar Evolution and the Helium Flashp. 117
Stellar Graveyards, Nucleosynthesis, and Why We Existp. 142
Some Final Thoughtsp. 188
Notesp. 198
Stars in the Biblep. 212
Updates and Breakthroughsp. 217
Further Readingp. 224
About the Authorp. 226
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780195171594
ISBN-10: 0195171594
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.37