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Starlight: An Introduction to Stellar Physics for Amateurs (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)
 
 

Starlight: An Introduction to Stellar Physics for Amateurs (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Keith Robinson
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“Understanding stars without understanding maths (well, almost) is Robinson’s aim and he succeeds brilliantly in Starlight. There is a bit of maths but, on the whole, concepts such as radiative transfer, hydrostatic equilibrium and stellar evolution are thoroughly explained by diagrams and analogies … . If you would love to know why Cepheids pulsate or why hot stars don’t always radiate in the ultraviolet … this is the book for you.” (Chris Kitchin, Sky at Night Magazine, June, 2010)

“Astronomer Robinson … undertook the daunting task of exploring the concepts underlying the physical conditions in stars with words rather than in equations so that amateur astronomers might gain a deeper appreciation of these familiar and fascinating objects. … The author does a particularly good job describing the magnitude (brightness) and colors of stars. … Starlight is a lucid presentation of complex physical principles which will be richly rewarding to serious readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division under graduates and general readers.” (D. E. Hogg, Choice, Vol. 47 (9), May, 2010)

“Keith Robinson’s recent publication presents a good, easily accessible account of basic stellar physics. … It would be a good resource for, say, a GCSE-level or amateur astronomer, and I would recommend it to that readership. … However, the book’s aim of communicating the basics of stellar astrophysics at a beginner’s level is achieved. All in all, Robinson’s book is a well-put-together resource for the amateur astronomer, explaining the basic concepts and equations pertinent to the study of the stars.” (N. J. Dickinson, The Observatory, Vol. 130, October, 2010)

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From the reviews: “Understanding stars without understanding maths (well, almost) is Robinson’s aim and he succeeds brilliantly in Starlight. There is a bit of maths but, on the whole, concepts such as radiative transfer, hydrostatic equilibrium and stellar evolution are thoroughly explained by diagrams and analogies … . If you would love to know why Cepheids pulsate or why hot stars don’t always radiate in the ultraviolet … this is the book for you.” (Chris Kitchin, Sky at Night Magazine, June, 2010) “Astronomer Robinson … undertook the daunting task of exploring the concepts underlying the physical conditions in stars with words rather than in equations so that amateur astronomers might gain a deeper appreciation of these familiar and fascinating objects. … The author does a particularly good job describing the magnitude (brightness) and colors of stars. … Starlight is a lucid presentation of complex physical principles which will be richly rewarding to serious readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division under graduates and general readers.” (D. E. Hogg, Choice, Vol. 47 (9), May, 2010) “Keith Robinson’s recent publication presents a good, easily accessible account of basic stellar physics. … It would be a good resource for, say, a GCSE-level or amateur astronomer, and I would recommend it to that readership. … However, the book’s aim of communicating the basics of stellar astrophysics at a beginner’s level is achieved. All in all, Robinson’s book is a well-put-together resource for the amateur astronomer, explaining the basic concepts and equations pertinent to the study of the stars.” (N. J. Dickinson, The Observatory, Vol. 130, October, 2010)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1793 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Springer New York; 1 edition (3 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BBGRFM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light that talks 3 Dec 2010
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How is it that astronomers and astrophysicists are able to tell us almost all the secrets of the stars, their birth, evolution and untimate demise? Certainly searching questions must be asked. The information is gained by putting the starlight itself to the question, and never was any man or woman subject to such an inquisition and scrutiny by torture on earth. But starlight is talkative. Historically all the more so as more knowledge and understanding of the nature of electromagnetic radiation, of which "light" may serve as a catch-all descriptive phrase, was gained.
Here we have a "how-to" exposition, a sort of beginners handbook for the starlight interrogator. Do not be scared of the occasional formula. You will find, that light in its differens guises is a messenger and an indicator of the physical surroundings in which it is born, what it has encountered on it's journey since. You will learn something both concerning the nature of stars and interstellar matter that makes upp the Universe, which astronomers and astrophysicists study, but also bits and pieces of the small part of cosmos where we all walk through our lives.
I find one area where criticism is in order: the index is rather limited in scope. But then, when you have the whole of creation to explain, and only less than 280 pages to do it in, there might not be room for lists of everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shedding light on a dark subject 11 Aug 2012
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Keith Robinson has written a superb insight into stellar physics that is eminently suitable for the enlightened amateur astronomer. Possibly too technical for the beginner and maybe not as advanced as the professional might like, his book nevertheless offers the sort of detailed analysis of what is after all a rather esoteric subject for the majority of readers. I am finding it very informative....I stress the word 'finding'...'Starlight' is not a book that can be fully digested at one sitting and will be read and re-read for a long time to come. It is,however,the most readable book I have come across on the subject of stellar physics in over 50years as an amateur astronomer.
Downsides...I am not sufficiently mathematically competent to appreciate his math explanations as quickly as others may do. But I now know where to go for answers to questions that I may need to ask in future.

Kevin Kilburn FRAS. Manchester Astronomical Society.
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