Un­der­stand As­tron­omy at a Fun­da­men­tal Level

Air & Space Smithsonian - - One More Thing -

No other large-scale ob­ject in the uni­verse is as fun­da­men­tal as a star. Stars are a cen­tral topic of as­tron­omy, and be­cause the study of stars en­com­passes key con­cepts in nu­clear physics, elec­tro­mag­netism, chem­istry, and other dis­ci­plines, it is an ideal in­tro­duc­tion to how we un­der­stand the uni­verse at all scales. The Life and Death of Stars in­tro­duces you to this spec­tac­u­lar story in 24 beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated lec­tures that lead you through the es­sen­tial ideas of as­tro­physics—the sci­ence of stars. Your guide is Pro­fes­sor Keivan G. Stas­sun of Van­der­bilt Univer­sity, who pro­vides lively, elo­quent, and au­thor­i­ta­tive ex­pla­na­tions at a level suit­able for sci­ence novices as well as for those who al­ready know their way around the starry sky.

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