The Stars of Heaven

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Oxford University Press, 6 mai 2004 - 256 pages
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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 humans and their alien peers (who embark on a journey beyond the reader's wildest imagination). This highly accessible and entertaining approach turns an intimidating subject into a scientific game open to all dreamers. Told in Pickover's inimitable blend of fascinating state-of-the-art science and whimsical science fiction, and packed with numerous diagrams and illustrations, The Stars of Heaven unfolds a world of paradox and mystery, one that will intrigue anyone who has ever pondered the night sky with wonder.
 

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THE STARS OF HEAVEN

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Ambitious overview of astronomy, by the author of Strange Brains and Genius (1998), whose material here seems far more often strewn than marshaled.Popular-science journalist Pickover's central belief ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Elements of astronomy presented in a quirky (an adjective that applies to all of this author's books), science-fictiony way. Pickover is too concerned with and tolerant of religion (a fault shared by ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Stellar Parallax and the Quest for Transcendence
1
The Joy and Paschen of Starlight
14
Spectral Classes Temperatures and Doppler Shifts
39
Luminosity and the Distance Modulus
58
HertzsprungRussell MassLuminosity Relations and Binary Stars
71
Last Tango on the Heliopause
90
Stellar Evolution and the Helium Flash
117
Stellar Graveyards Nucleosynthesis and Why We Exist
142
Some Final Thoughts
188
Notes
198
Stars in the Bible
212
Updates and Breakthroughs
217
Further Reading
224
About the Author
226
Index
229
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À propos de l'auteur (2004)

Clifford A. Pickover is an associate editor of several journals and a prolific inventor, and his science web site, www.pickover.com, has received over a million visits. Pickover is also the author of many best-selling books on popular science topics. He lives in Yorktown Heights, New York.

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