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The Supernova Story : Princeton Science Library (Paperback) - Laurence A. Marschall

The Supernova Story

Princeton Science Library (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 3rd July 1994
ISBN: 9780691036335
Number Of Pages: 344

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Astronomers believe that a supernova is a massive explosion signaling the death of a star, causing a cosmic recycling of the chemical elements and leaving behind a pulsar, black hole, or nothing at all. In an engaging story of the life cycles of stars, Laurence Marschall tells how early astronomers identified supernovae, and how later scientists came to their current understanding, piecing together observations and historical accounts to form a theory, which was tested by intensive study of SN 1987A, the brightest supernova since 1006. He has revised and updated "The Supernova Story" to include all the latest developments concerning SN 1987A, which astronomers still watch for possible aftershocks, as well as SN 1993J, the spectacular new event in the cosmic laboratory.

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"Marschall's supernova book is a superb piece of writing; it reads almost as easily as a good novel."--Nature "A wondrous romp through astro-physics written by an expert guide."--Publishers Weekly "This is a wonderful book about science, about astronomy, and, of course, about supernovae."--American Journal of Physics "A superb piece of writing; it reads almost as easily as a good novel."--Nature

Preface (1994)
Preface (1988)
A View from Planet Earth Stars and Storiesp. 1
What Astronomers Dop. 4
Lights in the Skyp. 6
Taking Stock of the Skyp. 7
Messages in Starlight The Measure of the Starsp. 19
The Doppler Shift and the Motions of Starsp. 26
The Measure of the Universep. 30
New Stars in Ancient Times The Early Recordsp. 42
The Chinese Recordsp. 45
How to Recognize a Supernovap. 50
First Millennium Supernovaep. 54
The Supernova of 1006p. 56
The Supernova of 1054p. 59
The Supernova of 1181p. 65
A Thousand Years of Watchingp. 67
Supernovae and the Revolution in Science Aristotle and the Medieval Cosmosp. 69
Tycho and the Nova Stella of 1572p. 74
The New Star of 1604p. 82
The New Cosmosp. 86
The Long Wait The Unsteady Starsp. 90
A Bright Star in Andromedap. 94
The Recognition of Supernovaep. 97
Supernovae Definedp. 101
The Search Beginsp. 107
High Tech Enters the Picturep. 111
The Human Eye versus the Eye of the Machinep. 114
Still Waiting after All These Yearsp. 116
Why Stars Explode Supernovae Observedp. 119
The Life of a Starp. 125
Over the Brinkp. 130
Light Curves and Spectrap. 136
Type I Supernovaep. 139
Growing Distinctionsp. 140
The State of Present Knowledgep. 142
Wisps and Tatters Supernova Remnantsp. 145
The Crab Nebulap. 146
The Secret Life of Cassiopeia Ap. 155
Young Supernova Remnantsp. 161
Old Supernova Remnantsp. 164
The Eye of the Storm Looking for Phantomsp. 169
The Discovery of Pulsarsp. 170
The Nature of the Beastp. 174
Pulsars, Neutron Stars, and Supernova Remnantsp. 181
From Neutron Stars to Black Holesp. 186
A Partial Picturep. 194
Seeding the Stars Atoms and the Universep. 197
In the Beginningp. 201
Element Formation in Starsp. 203
Seeding the Starsp. 206
The Journeywork of the Starsp. 212
Cosmic Dimensions A Universe of Galaxiesp. 217
Probing the Depths of Spacep. 218
Shaping the Galaxiesp. 223
Primordial Supernovaep. 230
A Death in the Neighborhood A Dot in a Cloud of Lightp. 235
Which Star Exploded?p. 243
Much Ado about Almost Nothing - The Neutrino Burstp. 249
Observations and Theoriesp. 256
Clues in the Spectrap. 260
The Mystery Spotp. 261
What Do We Know So Far?p. 264
What's Next?p. 265
Into the Future A New Sciencep. 269
New Ways of Lookingp. 271
Prospectsp. 274
Epilogue (1994)p. 277
Bibliographical Notesp. 299
Glossaryp. 303
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780691036335
ISBN-10: 0691036330
Series: Princeton Science Library (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 3rd July 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.92  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Type: Revised

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