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The Life and Death of Stars

Narrated by: Keivan G. Stassun
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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Long ago, the magnificence of the star-filled sky and its clock-like motions inspired people to invent myths to explain this impressive feature of nature. Now we understand the stars at a much deeper level, not as legendary figures connected with constellations, but as engines of matter, energy, and the raw material of life itself. And thanks to powerful telescopes, our view of the stars is more stunning than ever.

The Life and Death of Stars introduces you to this spectacular story in 24 half-hour lectures that lead you through the essential ideas of astrophysics - the science of stars. Your guide is Professor Stassun, an award-winning teacher and noted astrophysicist. He provides lively, eloquent, and authoritative explanations at a level suitable for science novices as well as for those who already know their way around the starry sky.

The Life and Death of Stars takes you to some otherworldly destinations, including stellar nurseries, planetary nebulae, the core of the sun, and protoplanetary systems. You also become familiar with the periodic table of elements, discovering how fusion reactions inside stars forge successively heavier atoms, producing some in abundance, temporarily skipping others, and creating everything heavier than iron.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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  • pondo
  • Gilbert Arizona
  • 12-27-18

Stassun keeps referring to visual material

I really like the lecture and have learned a lot (it's not the same old knowledge rehashed like a lot of physics books lately). But one ultra annoying part is, he keeps refering to visual materials, like the horsehead nebulae, which yea I've see pictures of nebulae's before, but never with the intent of looking at indicators that Stassun is refering to, before they were just pretty pictures. It finally reached the "ultra" annoying part when he was showing a computer simulated video of a planet forming, and saying things like "See how it cut's out a tract in the planetary disc" or "Now you can see how Jupiter is just like the Earth." The description of the book says there is a pdf added to my library for the book, which I will find, But I listen in my car so I'll never be able to look at the pdf while driving. just fair warning to anybody wanting to get this book, to check the pdf. Final verdict, absolutely worth the credit

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  • James
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 01-08-19

Better to Get Video

The topic is fascinating. The narration is a bit dull, especially the chapter on telescopes. Despite one reviewer, I believe the video portion would make this series much more enjoyable. There were many times when the lecturer referred to a pic of some celestial phenomenon that's impossible to envision. The pdf materials help some. But I can image the simultaneous images aid the explanation.

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  • Heidi lattimer
  • 01-24-19

This is not an audiobook!

Subject is interesting and well explained except that he spends the whole time referring to pictures and videos.
These are not available in the PDF that is attached, there are no links or anything. You would have thought the videos would be on youtube at least.
Its very very frustrating when being told for the nth time to look at some amazing simulation video. Surely when the narrator was reading his lecture series he must have thought to himself, "Hang on a sec, this is an audio book, they wont be able to see anything, maybe I should describe it a bit more instead."

Plus the first four or five chapters are giving a recap in some very basic physics. E.g. How light works and how telescopes work.


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