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About Stars: Their Formation, Evolution, Compositions, Locations and Companions

by Michael Mark Woolfson World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd
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On a clear and moonless night, especially in remote areas such as deserts, myriads of points of light cover the sky. The great majority of them are stars, many like the Sun, but so far away that they can only be seen as point sources of light. The problem faced by astronomers is to find their properties and distances, just from the light they emit. This is done by using the knowledge of science, mainly physics, acquired from small-scale experiments carried out on Earth. However, the stars themselves are laboratories in which matter behaves in ways that cannot be reproduced on Earth so, in finding out about stars, we complement scientific knowledge gained from earthbound experimentation.


This book describes the means ' some very ingenious ' by which to explore the properties, locations and planetary companions of stars, and provides a sound foundation for further study.



Readership: Undergraduate physics degree, educated laypeople, or those with a general interest.



Creating Material for the First Stars:

The Creation of the First Matter

Making Stars:

Some Useful Physical Theory

The Evolution of the Universe

Formation and Evolution of Stars

The Structure and Composition of Stars:

The Equilibrium of Main-Sequence Stars

Finding the Compositions of Stars

The Distances of Stars:

Finding the Distances of Nearby Stationary Stars

Finding the Distances and Velocities of Nearby Moving Stars

Finding Distances to Faraway Stars

The General Properties of Stars:

Determining the Radii of Stars

Determining the Masses of Stars

Other Stars and Star-like Objects


Planck's Radiation Law and Quantum Physics

The Relativistic Doppler Effect

Energy Production in Stars

Radiation Pressure

Electron Degeneracy Pressure

Solutions to Problems


Michael Woolfson (University of York, UK)