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"This series of books (Princeton Frontiers of Physics) is aimed at 'students, scientists and scientifically minded general readers'. This particular book is on target, with reasonably clear explanations of most of the jargon, a useful glossary, a good index and a reference to a more advanced review for those who need it."--D.J. Miller, Contemporary Physics

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"This is a marvelous book. It contains the new results from the fast-developing science of gamma-ray-burst astronomy along with its fascinating history. I recommend it as a good introduction for nonexperts and a fun read for researchers in the field."--Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

"This book gives a balanced and up-to-date overview of the field of gamma-ray bursts, one that will be useful for astronomers, physicists, and other scientists. Until now, there have been no books that I know of that deal with this subject for a broader audience of scientists and educated lay people."--Ralph A.M.J. Wijers, University of Amsterdam

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Are you looking to brush up on your knowledge of GRB phenomenology? 11 May 2011
By Vishal Kasliwal - Published on
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This book is the second in Princeton's series of monologues on exciting developments in physics. The series is aimed at the junior/senior physics undergraduate level with the exact level differing slightly from book to book. Loeb's book is more dense and probably not suited for anyone who has not yet taken an undergraduate level course in Cosmology while Bloom's book may be read by advanced amateur astronomers without too much trouble.
I am reviewing this book as a graduate student in astrophysics studying AGN and Large-Scale Structure i.e. I don't specialize in GRBS - the topic of the text. There is a lot of GRB phenomenology that I am completely unfamiliar with and that is where I find that the book excels - it presents to the reader an overview of the observational findings of the last 40 odd years in a concise and organized manner. I'd imagine that if I were a new graduate student looking to enter the field of GRBs, it'd be mandatory reading to bring me up to speed. So for the rest of us astronomers, it summarizes GRB phenomenology and gives a good overview of the current state-of-the-art in the theoretical understanding of GRBs in a nice small easily digested package.
Hopefully, the book will get updated (rewritten?) every five-ten years as we learn more.
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Nicely written for someone with an interest in the subject 27 Jun. 2013
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It is a nice comprehensive treatment, written at a second or third year undergraduate level, I guess. Someone with a real interest in astrophysics with less formal education could still get a lot from it, as could someone at a higher level who wanted a reasonably priced primer on the subject, in my opinion.

My son is an astrophysics PhD student, studying magnetars, so I was particularly interested in those aspects of the book. But the whole thing was good - the writing was obviously by experts in the field, but still written in an engaging style.
Appropriate For Student and Fan 24 April 2015
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Joshua S. Bloom's What Are Gamma Ray Bursts is the second book in the Princeton University Press Frontiers in Physics Series. It shares the same concise and compact format as the earlier volume on the First Stars and Galaxies in the Universe, together with the same annoyingly small type face. It's also very reasonably priced.

Gamma Ray Bursts, first discovered as a side effect of a program to monitor the nuclear test ban treaty, are extraordinarily intense and very brief, with the duration of the gamma ray pulse being anything from less than a second to several seconds. During this time they are thousands of times brighter than a quasar and millions of times brighter than a supernova or a galaxy.

Bloom traces the history of our understanding of this phenomenon, and discusses the physics believed to be involved in the phenomena. There are still many uncertainties, but it is generally believed that there at least three different types of GRBs. The so-called soft gamma ray repeaters are the least intense and most likely to be found nearby. They are believed to be neutron stars with exceptionally intense magnetic fields - magnetars - and their gamma rays are believed to be produced mostly from their rotational kinetic energy. A second type, producers of the briefest pulses, are thought to result from the mergers of two closely orbiting neutron stars. The most potent GRBs probably result from the spectacular death of a massive star, a so-called collapsar, with most of the mass of the star collapsing into a black hole while a small portion of the mass is expelled in ultra-relativistic polar jets.

These last events seem to have happened mainly in the past. The most distant GRBs happened when the universe was relatively young, and the rate of occurrence seems to have declined rather steeply in the last seven billion years or so. It's likely that there is a metallicity effect (metals being what astronomers call all the elements produced only in stars - everything except hydrogen and helium.)

The book has significant technical content, but much of the discussion is at a level readily appreciated by astronomy fans with only a bit of physics training. Overall, a very good book, suitable for many readers, from amateur fan to physicists and astronomers specializing in other areas.
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