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Stars: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew King

July 2012

ISBN: 9780199602926

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Stars are a constant source of fascination. In this Very Short Introduction Andrew King introduces us to the science of stars; how they are born, how they live, and how they die. He shows how understanding the stars is the key to understanding the galaxies they inhabit, and how they provide us with clues to the existence of planets like our own.

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Stars are a constant source of fascination. In this Very Short Introduction Andrew King introduces us to the science of stars; how they are born, how they live, and how they die. He shows how understanding the stars is the key to understanding the galaxies they inhabit, and how they provide us with clues to the existence of planets like our own.

  • An authoritative and accessible exploration of the science of stars
  • Examines the processes that allow stars to form, to shine, to maintain their size, and looks at their various forms of death
  • Looks at the impact of gravity, thermal pressure, magnetic fields, and radiation on stars
  • Considers our own star, the Sun, as well as neutron stars and black holes
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introduction series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Andrew King, Head of Theoretical Astrophysics, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester

Andrew King is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester, and heads the theoretical astrophysics research group there. His work has been recognised by a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, and a Senior Fellowship of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. He has published more than 250 research papers and is a co-author of several books. He is also deputy editor-in-chief of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2014 he was awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for investigations of outstanding merit in theoretical astrophysics.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Science and the stars
    2:How the Sun survives
    3:Life on main street
    4:Cooking the elements
    5:Stellar corpses
    6:Finding the bodies
    7:Measuring the universe
    8:The beginning
    Further reading

Reviews

"Part of the extensive Very Short Introduction series, this volume by Andrew King provides an engaging overview of the science of stars. This pocket-sized book is an enjoyable read." - Dawn E. Leslie, Contemporary Physics

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