Popular Astronomy

Exploding Superstars

Understanding Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts

Authors: Mazure, Alain, Basa, Stéphane

  • Describes at a popular level the causes of the greatest explosions in the universe
  • Demonstrates how the study of exploding superstars may reveal hidden aspects of the universe in which we live
  • Explains step by step the processes that give rise to these catastrophic events
  • Introduces gamma-ray bursters, whose intense bursts of highly energetic photons last for perhaps a fraction of a second
  • Presents fascinating facts, hypotheses, and cosmological conclusions drawn from the explosions of the universe’s most massive stars
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About this book

The exceptional cosmic history and the fabulous destinies of exploding stars – supernovae and gamma-ray bursters – are highly fertile areas of research and are also very special tools to further our understanding of the universe. In this book, cosmologists Dr Alain Mazure and Dr Stéphane Basa throw light on the assemblage of facts, hypotheses and cosmological conclusions and show how these ‘beacons’ illuminate their immediate surroundings and allow us to study the vast cosmos, like searchlights revealing the matter comprising our universe.

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“This is really a ‘state of play’ report on how our understanding of these objects is growing in response to the increasingly detailed observations being made of them. It should be approachable by non-specialist readers and would be a good introduction for physics undergraduates wishing to catch up with the latest developments in astronomy.” (David J. Miller, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 53 (6), 2012)

"Exploding Superstars does contain a couple of chapters on supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, it is clear that the authors have … written a book about cosmology, with supernovae playing just a tangential part in what they can tell us about dark energy, the first stars and galaxies, and the ultimate fate of the Universe. … For a beginner who knows little to nothing about supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and the expansion of the Universe, it is an easy and informative read … ." (Keith Cooper, Astronomy Now, October, 2009)

"This short volume discusses exploding superstars, a group of stars that comprises supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. Cosmologists Mazure and Basa … use nonmathematical terms to describe superstars and their contribution to the understanding of the size and age of the universe. … This is a very active field of research, producing, for example, the recent discovery of a new gamma-ray burst … which is the farthest object now known to the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals/practitioners." (A. R. Upgren, Choice, Vol. 47 (2), October, 2009)

"A large part of the content of this slim volume … is concerned with cosmological implications and applications of supernovae, at the expense of any substantial discussion of, say, supernova remnants. … Appendices cover relatively advanced topics … with a moderate smattering of equations absent from the rest of the book. … recommend this semi-popular account to undergraduates and serious amateurs as an accessible introduction to stellar-scale ‘big bangs’ and beyond … ." (Ian D. Howarth, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1212), October, 2009)


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eBook $19.99
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Softcover $29.95
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-09547-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploding Superstars
Book Subtitle
Understanding Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09548-6
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09548-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-09547-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 154
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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