Unlocking the Secrets of White Dwarf Stars (Astronomers' Universe) Paperback – 2 Dec 2014
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“This volume is really a history of the development of our understanding of these enigmatic objects for the lay reader … . Hugh van Horn has produced a very interesting and readable volume by focussing on key individuals in white-dwarf research and the contributions they have made. … I found the book both enjoyable and enlightening. I would certainly recommend it to all researchers in the field.” (Martin Barstow, The Observatory, April, 2016)
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White dwarfs, each containing about as much mass as our Sun but packed into a volume about the size of Earth, are the endpoints of evolution for most stars. Thousands of these faint objects have now been discovered, though only a century ago only three were known. They are among the most common stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, and they have become important tools in understanding the universe. Yet a century ago only three white dwarfs were known.
The existence of these stars completely baffled the scientists of the day, and solving the mysteries of these strange objects required revolutionary advances in science and technology, including the development of quantum physics, the construction and utilization of large telescopes, the invention of the digital computer, and the ability to make astronomical observations from space.
This book tells the story of the growth in our understanding of white dwarf stars, set within the context of the relevant scientific and technological advances. Part popular science, part historical narrative, this book is authored by one of the astrophysicists who participated directly in uncovering some of the secrets of white dwarf stars.See all Product description
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on 24 April 2015
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Fascinating subject but you need stamina to get through the rather dry writing style. The book is well ilustrated by photos of the key scientists and charts that explain key concepts. Personally, I would have like more illustrations of the various types of white dwarf; cgi visualisations would be welcome in my view.
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on 25 July 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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It is an outstanding book for those of us with an interest in stars and astronomy. Though it covers the properties of White Dwarf Stars admirably it's strength lies in it's historical info.