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5.0 out of 5 stars A real star, 18 Dec. 2006
This review is from: An Introduction to the Sun and Stars (Paperback)
I received this textbook and its partner "An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology" as part of the UK Open University's excellent distance-learning course (code S282) on astronomy and cosmology. Both books are among the best texbooks of any kind that I have ever encountered. As an all-too-"mature" student trying to study physical science at home, I found these texts fascinating, engaging, very well-designed, with plenty of questions to test/extend my understanding. "ISS" takes you through every stage in a star's life, from the first cloud of molecules condensing in interstellar space to the white dwarf, neutron star or black hole of its ultimate destiny. You will find out how our own star works, how we know how it works, and the astonishing things we have learned about other stars. If you're studying astronomy and don't know this stuff already, I can't think of a better way to learn it. If you're just curious why the stars shine and where the atoms in your body come from, this book will explain it all, from sunspots to supernovae.
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