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"This series of books (Princeton Frontiers of Physics) is aimed at 'students, scientists and scientifically minded general readers'. This particular book is on target, with reasonably clear explanations of most of the jargon, a useful glossary, a good index and a reference to a more advanced review for those who need it."--D.J. Miller, Contemporary Physics

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"This is a marvelous book. It contains the new results from the fast-developing science of gamma-ray-burst astronomy along with its fascinating history. I recommend it as a good introduction for nonexperts and a fun read for researchers in the field."--Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

"This book gives a balanced and up-to-date overview of the field of gamma-ray bursts, one that will be useful for astronomers, physicists, and other scientists. Until now, there have been no books that I know of that deal with this subject for a broader audience of scientists and educated lay people."--Ralph A.M.J. Wijers, University of Amsterdam

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  • Series: Princeton Frontiers in Physics
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691145563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691145563
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,930,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vishal Kasliwal on May 11, 2011
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This book is the second in Princeton's series of monologues on exciting developments in physics. The series is aimed at the junior/senior physics undergraduate level with the exact level differing slightly from book to book. Loeb's book is more dense and probably not suited for anyone who has not yet taken an undergraduate level course in Cosmology while Bloom's book may be read by advanced amateur astronomers without too much trouble.
I am reviewing this book as a graduate student in astrophysics studying AGN and Large-Scale Structure i.e. I don't specialize in GRBS - the topic of the text. There is a lot of GRB phenomenology that I am completely unfamiliar with and that is where I find that the book excels - it presents to the reader an overview of the observational findings of the last 40 odd years in a concise and organized manner. I'd imagine that if I were a new graduate student looking to enter the field of GRBs, it'd be mandatory reading to bring me up to speed. So for the rest of us astronomers, it summarizes GRB phenomenology and gives a good overview of the current state-of-the-art in the theoretical understanding of GRBs in a nice small easily digested package.
Hopefully, the book will get updated (rewritten?) every five-ten years as we learn more.
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It is a nice comprehensive treatment, written at a second or third year undergraduate level, I guess. Someone with a real interest in astrophysics with less formal education could still get a lot from it, as could someone at a higher level who wanted a reasonably priced primer on the subject, in my opinion.

My son is an astrophysics PhD student, studying magnetars, so I was particularly interested in those aspects of the book. But the whole thing was good - the writing was obviously by experts in the field, but still written in an engaging style.
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