The Stars of Heaven

The Stars of Heaven

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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 guide book, you need not be an astronomer to explore the mysteries of stars and their profound meaning for human existence. Stars have fascinated humankind since the dawn of history and have allowed us to transcend ordinary lives in our literature, art, and religions. In fact, humans have always looked to the stars as a source of inspiration and transcendence that lifts us beyond the boundaries of ordinary intuition. The author tackles a range of topics from stellar evolution to the fundamental and awe-inspiring reasons why the universe permits life to flourish. Where did we come from? What is the universe's ultimate fate? He alternates sections that explain the mysteries of the cosmos with sections that dramatise mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialogue between futuristic humans and their alien peers who embark on a journey beyond the reader's wildest imagination.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 162.1 x 242.3 x 22.9mm | 548.86g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 21 halftones, 53 line drawings
  • 0195148746
  • 9780195148749

Table of contents

Stellar parallax and the quest for transcendence; the joy and Paschen of starlight; spectral classes, temperatures, and doppler shifts; luminosity and the distance Modulus; Hertzsprung-Russell, mass-luminosity relations, binary stars; last tango on the Heliopause; stellar evolution and the helium flash; stellar graveyards, nucleosynthesis, and why we exist; some final thoughts. Appendices: stars in the Bible; updates and breakthroughs.show more

About Clifford A. Pickover

Clifford A. Pickover is an associate editor of several journals, prolific inventor, and puzzle columnist for magazines such as Discover. Pickover is also the author of many best-selling books on popular science topics. He lives in Yorktown Heights, New York.show more

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