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5.0 out of 5 stars A great readable work., 22 Sep 2013
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If you wish to gain a deeper insight into the many complex events going on with the stars and sky without the onslaught of mathematics then this book delivers. A personal choice for me when picking books on anything to do with Astronomy is to find those authors who are capable of carefully delivering the difficult task of describing the jaw dropping goings ons in a way that makes for engaging reading. This book does fall into that mode of thought and it achieves this very well. The title does give the impression that the book is very specific, however, the book does have certain chapters that are closer to what the title implies but the general information is fulfilling and rewarding. The diagrams and photos (Including a very welcome section of glossy colour plates) reward the reader heavily by taking time with closer scrutiny and revisits.

Very essential for me, and no doubt others who can find this subject accessible when treated gently in this manner. It makes looking upwards even more rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 12 Aug 2014
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Excellent book that details the life cycle of stars. Starting with some background into the nature of light, gravity, atomic theory and transmutation of the elements the book explains how stars are born, the processes that make them shine, their evolution through the main sequence and beyond to the various stellar end states.

This is a very well written book with clear and accessible text accompanied by a wealth of illustration and photographs. If I had to criticize, then I'd suggest that the author sometimes rather states the obvious. For example, in one passage he informs us that, at 107,000 kilometers per hour, the Earth's orbital velocity is much faster than a car travelling on a road - er, well - yes.

Anyway that's a minor niggle. Overall, definitely recommended for any readers looking for a detailed but not overly-technical discussion into stars and their life-cycles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmology et al, 16 Nov 2013
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It is a brilliant explanation, without formulae, how stars are created and eventually come to an end. It also includes the forming of black holes and the presence of so called Dark matter. Very very good.
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The Life and Death of Stars by Kenneth R. Lang (Hardcover - 25 Mar 2013)
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