- Series: Cambridge Astrophysics
- Hardcover: 374 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 11, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521232538
- ISBN-13: 978-0521232531
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,255,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding Variable Stars (Cambridge Astrophysics) 1st Edition
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"Amateurs and academics with an interest in the subject of variable stars will perhaps come to regard this as a modern classic."
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"Tightly written, and frequently interspersed with figures and graphs, the book contains and enormity of fact and discussion...a formost authority on Variable Stars...is a marvellous repository of information. As such it is an ideal textbook for a serious student, or a reference book for the amateur astronomer.: --Astronomy & Space
"If you want a comprehensive guide to the science of variable stars, you can't go wrong with a book written by John Percy, a world authority on variable star observation...as a guide to understanding modern variable star research, it's essential." --BBC Sky at Night
"It is certainly the most up-to-date readable description of the various types of variable stars and what is known about each...Basically, if you observe variable stars, you should read and probably own this book." --HTN of the AAVSO
This book provides a concise overview of variable stars, including a historical perspective, an introduction to stars in general, the techniques for discovering and studying variable stars, and a description of the main types of variable stars. It is especially suitable for undergraduate students and experienced amateur astronomers.
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The general format is to first explain the observational characteristics of each class of variable star and then to outline the physical reasons for the variability. If you know in general what a star is, what galaxies are and how we designate stars by their membership in constellations, you know enough to enjoy this book. OTOH even those with an advanced, but non-specialist background, will learn much. I have degrees in physics and mathematics and a life-long interest in astrophysics but was still disabused of several misconceptions about variable stars.
One of the interesting aspects of the book is the way Percy emphasizes the important contributions that amateurs have made and are still making to the study of variable stars, including novae and supernovae.