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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521133203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521133203
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.5 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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'Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis provides a fine, insightful, and remarkably complete introduction to modern astrophysics that is both well written and illustrated. A logical flow, attention to detail, worked examples, and end-of-chapter summaries are especially good in creating an effective learning environment.' Jim Kaler, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, University of Illinois

'This book tackles the complex life-cycles of stars with rigour and economy, putting the astronomy on a firm physical basis. A clear layout and extensive worked problem set make this an ideal starting point for physics students learning about stellar structure and evolution.' Graham Woan, University of Glasgow

'… sets a high standard for what I hope will be a series of books for distance learners in the UK and elsewhere pursuing a passion for astronomy.' The Observatory

'… an excellently presented pedagogic work written for self-study under the auspices of The Open University … Both authors have wide-ranging experience with OU as offering high-quality instruction in a remote-learning environment … There is a beauty in its subject that is sensitively brought out by the careful preparation, admirable composition and meticulous presentation of its subject matter that reflects most commendably upon the authors and publishers alike. … I can only express my enthusiasm and admiration for a splendid work - on a glorious, enthralling subject.' Contemporary Physics

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This self-contained astrophysics textbook for advanced undergraduates explores how stars form, what happens to them as they age, and what becomes of them when they die. It contains a wealth of worked examples, exercises with full solutions, full colour illustrations, and clearly identified summaries, key facts and equations.

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A well thoughtout and ordered textbook charting the lives of stars. All mathmatical material is well explained and derrived from first principals. Stellar evolution is covered in detail at each stage from birth, to main sequence and death. The main sequence lives are covered in particular detail charting the energy processes inside the stars and dispelling some common myths regarding what powers and ignites stars. Aimed at 3rd year students, although will remain with me always as refernce material.
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This certainly no book for beginners in astronomy. You would need a good understanding of the working of stars and their composition to follow this. A good understanding of basic Physics and Maths as well.
However the book explains all very clearly, so even the page long equations are laid out step by step to follow. Questions throughout the book have the answers in the back. As with all OU books, good value for money.
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Stellar Evolution and Nucleosyntesis describes the complete theory of star birth, evolution and final stages in an appropiate and , comprehensiv manner and with the necassary physical and mathematical analysis;
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can we See Table of Contents, Index, and Sample Text of this Book? 13 Mar. 2012
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I wanted to compare this book against a few others in this area as I am currently studying stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, and wanted a supplementary text in the area. All the other books I am surveying in this area allow me access to the Table of Contents, the Index and to portions of the text to determine writing style and presentation. Indeed, other Open University publications (which I have previously purchased) do likewise. The publisher here is slipping up because I would not be willing to buy this book without at least a peek at the Table of Contents and Index, and a sample of the text. Jim
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