The stars of heaven [electronic resource] / Clifford A. Pickover.
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
1 online resource (254 p.)
- Electronic books.
- Do a little armchair space travel, rub elbows with alien life forms, and stretch your mind to the furthest corners of our uncharted universe. With this astonishing guidebook, you don't have to be an astronomer to explore the mysteries of stars and their profound meaning for human existence. Clifford A. Pickover tackles a range of topics from stellar evolution to the fundamental reasons why the universe permits life to flourish. He alternates sections that explain the mysteries of the cosmos with sections that dramatize mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialog between futuristic human
- Contents; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 Stellar Parallax and the Quest for Transcendence; CHAPTER 2 The Joy and Paschen of Starlight; CHAPTER 3 Spectral Classes, Temperatures, and Doppler Shifts; CHAPTER 4 Luminosity and the Distance Modulus; CHAPTER 5 Hertzsprung-Russell, Mass-Luminosity Relations, and Binary Stars; CHAPTER 6 Last Tango on the Heliopause; CHAPTER 7 Stellar Evolution and the Helium Flash; CHAPTER 8 Stellar Graveyards, Nucleosynthesis, and Why We Exist; CHAPTER 9 Some Final Thoughts; Notes; Appendix 1. Stars in the Bible; Appendix 2. Updates and Breakthroughs; Further Reading
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