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An Introduction to the Sun and Stars

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  • Date Published: April 2015
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107492639

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  • Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook introduces the properties and evolution of the most immediately visible objects in the Universe – stars. Designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics, it starts with a detailed discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, and describes how solar physicists have come to understand its internal workings. It then considers how we study the basic physical properties and life-cycles of more distant stars, culminating with a discussion of more 'exotic' objects, such as neutron stars and black holes. This second edition has a greater emphasis on the physical and spectral properties of stars, introducing stellar atmospheres, spectral line formation and the role of binary stars in the formation of compact objects. Avoiding complex mathematics, and generously illustrated in colour throughout, this accessible text is ideal for self-study and will appeal to both amateur astronomers and undergraduate students.

    • Written by a team of experts in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, and illustrated in colour throughout
    • Contains numerous pedagogical features including boxed summaries, brief biographies of pioneering astronomers, bulleted questions and answers throughout, over 100 exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms
    • Fully updated to include recent observations and space mission results and to reflect current understanding
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    "An Introduction to the Sun and Stars is a real find for those of us who had previously despaired of finding a way to introduce the magic of ‘mere stars' to readers already aware of apparently more exotic phenomena in the Universe. The illustrations are the best I have seen in this level of textbook and have clearly been carefully selected to bring alive the most exciting new discoveries. The accompanying text puts these discoveries in a solid context and explains the associated physics in simple but effective terms. This book will certainly appear on my recommended reading list for introductory astronomy."
    Annelia Sargent, California Institute of Technology

    "This up-to-the-minute treatment of the universe of stars is the most enjoyable and informative book at this level that I have read. It combines clear physical arguments with excellent illustrations and diagrams, and keen readers can enhance their depth of understanding through the copious worked examples. Spread throughout, the ‘biography boxes' give a refreshing human perspective to the science. Good for coffee table or lecture course!"
    Peter Brand, University of Edinburgh

    "Very little prior knowledge is assumed, with necessary physics being introduced in ‘boxes’ as required, and no calculus; however, the authors integrate the mathematics that they do use into the main text, leaving the reader in no doubt that the maths is essential to the subject – a refreshing change from many American freshman texts. … lavishly illustrated in colour … a book that students will both enjoy and learn from!"
    Susan Cartwright, The Observatory

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107492639
    • length: 380 pages
    • copublisher: The Open University
    • dimensions: 263 x 211 x 19 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 225 colour illus. 16 tables 120 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Seeing the Sun
    2. The working Sun
    3. Measuring stars
    4. Comparing stars
    5. The formation of stars
    6. The main sequence life of stars
    7. The life of stars beyond the main sequence
    8. The death of stars
    9. The remnants of stars
    Conclusion
    Answers and comments
    Appendices
    Glossary
    Further reading
    Acknowledgements
    Figure references
    Index.

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    Simon F. Green, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Simon F. Green is Head of Planetary and Space Sciences in the Department of Physical Sciences at The Open University, where his research is focused on physical studies of planetary surfaces and small solar system bodies through analysis of spacecraft data, laboratory simulation and computer modelling. Asteroid 9831 has been named Simongreen in recognition of his work in the observation of asteroids and transneptunian objects.

    Mark H. Jones, The Open University, Manchester
    Mark H. Jones is a Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in the Department of Physical Sciences at The Open University, where his current research concentrates on the structure of the zodiacal cloud. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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