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Exploding Superstars: Understanding Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy) Paperback – March 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0387095479 ISBN-10: 0387095470 Edition: 2009th

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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy (Book 742)
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2009 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387095470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387095479
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is really a ‘state of play’ report on how our understanding of these objects is growing in response to the increasingly detailed observations being made of them. It should be approachable by non-specialist readers and would be a good introduction for physics undergraduates wishing to catch up with the latest developments in astronomy.” (David J. Miller, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 53 (6), 2012)

"Exploding Superstars does contain a couple of chapters on supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, it is clear that the authors have … written a book about cosmology, with supernovae playing just a tangential part in what they can tell us about dark energy, the first stars and galaxies, and the ultimate fate of the Universe. … For a beginner who knows little to nothing about supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and the expansion of the Universe, it is an easy and informative read … ." (Keith Cooper, Astronomy Now, October, 2009)

"This short volume discusses exploding superstars, a group of stars that comprises supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. Cosmologists Mazure and Basa … use nonmathematical terms to describe superstars and their contribution to the understanding of the size and age of the universe. … This is a very active field of research, producing, for example, the recent discovery of a new gamma-ray burst … which is the farthest object now known to the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals/practitioners." (A. R. Upgren, Choice, Vol. 47 (2), October, 2009)

"A large part of the content of this slim volume … is concerned with cosmological implications and applications of supernovae, at the expense of any substantial discussion of, say, supernova remnants. … Appendices cover relatively advanced topics … with a moderate smattering of equations absent from the rest of the book. … recommend this semi-popular account to undergraduates and serious amateurs as an accessible introduction to stellar-scale ‘big bangs’ and beyond … ." (Ian D. Howarth, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1212), October, 2009)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anon. on October 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was extremely well written and covered not only supernova and GRB's but all areas of theoretical astrophysics. It gave a concise coverage for each chapter. It didn't rely on mathematics or equations which makes it good for readers who aren't scientists. The only downside is there are a few unusual words due to the book's translation from French, but this can easily be solved by looking up the words in a dictionary. I would recommend this book to all readers interested in astrophysics and cosmology, only a basic background knowledge is required.
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