Life and Death of Stars

ISBN-10: 110701638X
ISBN-13: 9781107016385
Edition: 2012
Authors: Kenneth R. Lang
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Description: In this well-illustrated text, Kenneth R. Lang explains the life cycle of stars, from the dense molecular clouds that are stellar nurseries to the enigmatic nebulae some stars leave behind in their violent ends. Free of mathematical equations and  More...

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Book details

List price: $70.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 363
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

In this well-illustrated text, Kenneth R. Lang explains the life cycle of stars, from the dense molecular clouds that are stellar nurseries to the enigmatic nebulae some stars leave behind in their violent ends. Free of mathematical equations and technical jargon, Lang's lively and accessible text provides physical insights into how stars such as our Sun are born, what fuels them and keeps them bright, how they evolve, and the processes by which they eventually die. The book demonstrates the sheer scope and variety of stellar phenomena in the context of the universe as a whole. Boxed focus elements enhance and amplify the discussion for readers looking for more depth. Featuring more than 150 figures, including color plates, The Life and Death of Stars is a modern and up-to-date account of stars written for a broad audience, from armchair astronomers and popular science readers to students and teachers of science.

Professor Lang has written several books about the Sun, as well as widely used reference works in astronomy and astrophysics. He has carried out radio observations of the active Sun with the Very Large Array in support of the SOHO spacecraft, teaches an extremely popular introductory course about the Sun to Tufts University students with non-scientific majors, and has served for two years as Visiting Senior Scientist in Solar Physics at NASA Headquarters.

List of focus elements
List of tables
Preface
Light of the Sun
Gravity and motion
Atomic and sub-atomic particles
Transmutation of the elements
What makes the Sun shine?
The extended solar atmosphere
Comparisons of the Sun with other stars
The lives of stars
The material between stars
New stars arise from the darkness
Stellar end states
A larger, expanding universe
Birth, life, and death of the universe
Quotation references
Author index
Subject index

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