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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars Hardcover – 20 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (20 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521818036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841270821
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 2.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… the book … contain[s] a myriad of information about stars that Kaler has been gathering throughout his entire career …[the book] contains more than 230 images, including color photographs, graphs, tables and sidebars. The photographs were gathered from observatories and private photographers around the world.' News Bureau, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

'… the encyclopedia is generally written at a level accessible to a dedicated student. ... [it] provides an authoritative, comprehensive reference to the unfolding mysteries of stellar science. It is highly recommended.' Booklist

'… a good, readable, generally non-mathematical account of our current knowledge of stars and how that knowledge has been gained from the earliest of times to the present day … At £35 the book is very good value and it is a first-rate explanation of astronomy and astrophysics …' Astronomy Now

'This book covers the whole of stellar astrophysics and summarizes this wide field in a lucid and concise style ... the book is very readable … The more detailed part of the book follows with a description of stellar spectra and how they reveal the temperature, pressure, and chemical abundance within a star's atmosphere. This leads to the observed H-R diagram. The most important radiation laws are described … The coverage of atomic physics includes the Maxwellian velocity distribution, the Bohr model of the atom, and Grotrian diagrams. … The book concludes with star formation and evolution, and these chapters pull together much of the material in the earlier part of the book. … There are many, well-designed diagrams to explain the text, the majority taken from earlier books by the author.' The Observatory

'The structure of the book is cleverly arranged to allow the author to expound a story within each section … [Dr Kaler's] relaxed conversational style carried the reader along through even difficult concepts … highly recommended to all serious amateur astronomers as an indispensable reference book … I believe that it will become the most widely read of this author's considerable popular output.' Astronomy & Space

'… large glossy, and full of colour pictures and diagrams …The myriad explanations of astronomical phenomena make the methods and results discussed absolutely clear. The book shares with Stars and their Spectra Kaler's incredibly detailed HR diagrams, including most starts mentioned by name in the book … For the serious amateur astronomer who wants to seriously delve into how we know what we know about starts, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars would be an excellent place to start. In fact, when I finished reading it, I started right over at the beginning, as there is much more information there than can be easily absorbed in one pass.' American Association of Variable Star Observers Bookstore

'[T]his is an excellent grounding in stellar evolution which can be read with little or no prior knowledge of the subject … altogether, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars is an excellent read, and highly recommended.' Roger Pickard, Journal of the British Astronomical Association

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This unique encyclopedia provides a fascinating and fully comprehensive description of stars and their natures and is filled with beautiful color images. The book covers the story of astronomy, explanations of technical terms and the life cycle of stars and is an invaluable work for both beginners and advanced readers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, beautifully done. 8 Oct. 2014
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I found this book at the library, and liked it so much I got my own copy. Here's why....

"Encyclopedia" suggests a multi-volume work organized alphabetically by topic, used as a reference work. I find this much more useful than that - it is a structured and "encyclopedic" presentation of all I could ever want to know about stars. 18 pages on "Sun and Main Sequence", 22 pages on "Stellar Evolution", et al. The book is beautifully produced, rich with graphs and illustrations, and if I weren't keeping it at bedside I would make it a coffee table display item. If you have an interest in astronomy you probably started with a field reference to the night sky. This should be the 2nd book in your collection.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for Stellar evolution and stellar medium. 1 Dec. 2012
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For those who are interest in the topics of Astronomy and Astrophysics focusing on Stellar evolution and Interstellar medium this is a must for your library. As an astronomy instructor I am exposed to many of the topics related to the field. I find Stellar evolution and Interstellar Medium most interesting and captivating. For my own better understand of the topic I ordered this book and immediately dived into it. I find that James Kaler is an expert on the topic and has examined some information that is new to me. The book is scientific so a basic understanding of Astronomy and Astronomical topics is helpful but not necessarily required. Much of the beginning of the book is introduction to Astronomy info, which does lay some ground work from which to spring from. It is an indepth book filled with much information on the stars which we admire ever night.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Reference Work 19 July 2011
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I have always considered this a must-have reference. It was so good that when I lent it out a long time ago, it never came back. Hence, the need to break down and buy another one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Kaler produces another great book. 29 Sept. 2007
By Susan French - Published on Amazon.com
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This is yet another wonderful reference work by a talented author. The fact that some of its photographs could have been reproduced better is the only shortcoming I've noticed. - Sue French
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 17 May 2015
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I love this series. It is so well written.
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