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An Introduction to the Sun and Stars
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Introduction; 1. Seeing the Sun; 2. The working Sun; 3. Measuring stars; 4. Comparing stars; 5. The formation of stars; 6. The main sequence life of stars; 7. The life of stars beyond the main sequence; 8. The death of stars; 9. The remnants of stars; Conclusion; Answers and comments; Appendices; Glossary; Further reading; Acknowledgements; Figure references; Index.

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Compiled by experts, this generously illustrated textbook introduces the properties and evolution of stars for undergraduates and amateurs.

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Simon F. Green is Head of Planetary and Space Sciences in the Department of Physical Sciences at The Open University, where his research is focused on physical studies of planetary surfaces and small solar system bodies through analysis of spacecraft data, laboratory simulation and computer modelling. Asteroid 9831 has been named Simongreen in recognition of his work in the observation of asteroids and transneptunian objects. Mark H. Jones is a Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in the Department of Physical Sciences at The Open University, where his current research concentrates on the structure of the zodiacal cloud. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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'An Introduction to the Sun and Stars is a real find for those of us who had previously despaired of finding a way to introduce the magic of 'mere stars' to readers already aware of apparently more exotic phenomena in the Universe. The illustrations are the best I have seen in this level of textbook and have clearly been carefully selected to bring alive the most exciting new discoveries. The accompanying text puts these discoveries in a solid context and explains the associated physics in simple but effective terms. This book will certainly appear on my recommended reading list for introductory astronomy.' Annelia Sargent, California Institute of Technology
Review of previous edition: 'This up-to-the-minute treatment of the universe of stars is the most enjoyable and informative book at this level that I have read. It combines clear physical arguments with excellent illustrations and diagrams, and keen readers can enhance their depth of understanding through the copious worked examples. Spread throughout, the 'biography boxes' give a refreshing human perspective to the science. Good for coffee table or lecture course!' Peter Brand, University of Edinburgh
'Very little prior knowledge is assumed, with necessary physics being introduced in 'boxes' as required, and no calculus; however, the authors integrate the mathematics that they do use into the main text, leaving the reader in no doubt that the maths is essential to the subject - a refreshing change from many American freshman texts. ... lavishly illustrated in colour ... a book that students will both enjoy and learn from!' Susan Cartwright, The Observatory
"An Introduction to the Sun and Stars is a real find for those of us who had previously despaired of finding a way to introduce the magic of `mere stars' to readers already aware of apparently more exotic phenomena in the Universe. The illustrations are the best I have seen in this level of textbook and have clearly been carefully selected to bring alive the most exciting new discoveries. The accompanying text puts these discoveries in a solid context and explains the associated physics in simple but effective terms. This book will certainly appear on my recommended reading list for introductory astronomy." Annelia Sargent, California Institute of Technology
"This up-to-the-minute treatment of the universe of stars is the most enjoyable and informative book at this level that I have read. It combines clear physical arguments with excellent illustrations and diagrams, and keen readers can enhance their depth of understanding through the copious worked examples. Spread throughout, the `biography boxes' give a refreshing human perspective to the science. Good for coffee table or lecture course!" Peter Brand, University of Edinburgh
"Very little prior knowledge is assumed, with necessary physics being introduced in `boxes' as required, and no calculus; however, the authors integrate the mathematics that they do use into the main text, leaving the reader in no doubt that the maths is essential to the subject - a refreshing change from many American freshman texts. ... lavishly illustrated in colour ... a book that students will both enjoy and learn from!" Susan Cartwright, The Observatory

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