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Extreme Stars By James B. Kaler (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Extreme Stars
by James B. Kaler (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

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First published in 2001, Extreme Stars describes the lives of stars from a fascinating perspective. It examines their amazing extremes - the brightest, the largest, the hottest, the youngest, the strangest, and so on - and results in an engaging overview of stellar evolution for anyone interested in stars.
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Extreme Stars: At the Edge of Creation by James B. Kaler (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Over the past 200 years, our knowledge of stars has expanded enormously. From seeing myriad dots of different brightnesses, we moved on to measure distances, temperatures, sizes, chemical compositions, even ages, finding stars that dwarf our Sun and are dwarfed by it, some in their youth, others ancient. First published in 2001, Extreme Stars describes the lives of stars from a fascinating perspective. It examines their amazing extremes and results in an engaging overview of stellar evolution, suitable for anyone interested in viewing or studying stars. Ten chapters, generously illustrated throughout, explain the natures of the brightest, the largest, the hottest, the youngest, and so on, ending with a selection of the strangest stars the Universe has to offer. Taken as a whole, the chapters show how stars develop and die and how each extreme turns into another under the inexorable twin forces of time and gravity.

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Extreme Stars Reviews


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

Table of Contents


Preface; Prologue; 1. Sun and stars; 2. The faintest (and coolest) stars; 3. The coolest stars ... continued; 4. The hottest stars; 5. The brightest stars; 6. The largest stars; 7. The smallest stars; 8. The youngest stars; 9. The oldest stars; 10. The strangest stars; Index.

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GOR005479861
Extreme Stars: At the Edge of Creation by James B. Kaler (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
James B. Kaler (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2001-03-22
248
052140262X
9780521402620
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