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Stars: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by [King, Andrew]
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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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Andrew King is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester.

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  • File Size: 1053 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (July 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E8QL26
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This is a fine introduction to stars and is delightfully and clearly written. The subjects covered are how the sun survives, life on the main street, cooking the elements, stellar corpses, finding the bodies, measuring the universe, and, finally, the beginning. A great reference book on the subject. One warning: it is not for the scientifically illiterate: it is (of necessity) infested with physics).
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Some basic technical background is required to read this book. the reader should not be shy of math or physics.
Even without this background, this book is an awesome adventure into the life of stars.
Incredible links with previous discoveries, its amazing how we can figure out so much from just a few clues.

My favorite part so far is when the author mentions how the great philosopher Auguste Comte - whose motto is featured on Brazil's flag, was so wrong when he said "we will never be able to study their composition" about stars. Its recorded as one of the worst intellectual prognostications!

When you read this book, you will find other connections to science. amazing reading, hard to put down.
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I learned more in these 120 pages than in an equal number of books about stellar evolution I have read. The author does a fantastic job of explaining difficult concepts in a non- mathematical manner. Most of the math he presents is in simple relational terms, such as how different physical variables relate to each other in terms of ratio and proportionality. This is an excellent approach to explaining how stars work.

As an amateur astronomer I wish the author had given examples of actual stars in the night sky. For example, there is no mention of the formation of planetary nebulae in the book and little information on the different types of variable stars. Surprisingly, this is the only book on stars I have ever read where there is no mention of stellar classification. A topic which I find quite boring. In fairness to the author, as stated, the book is a very short introduction.

I purchased both the ebook and paperback for my library. If you are interested in astronomy I whole heartedly recommend this book.
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This was a very beautiful and complete description of the physics of stars of all sizes. I was extremely impressed with the detail of the physical processes that cause the stars to do what they do - explode, grow, become black holes, neutron stars and more. I highly recommend this book to those with a little physics background.
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Very good price for the information contained. If you think you might be interested in cosmology, but not sure, then you cant go wrong with this book. I have found the whole series to be very good. Surely this is not the "best" book about stars, but I bet when you factor in value it very nearly is.
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