The Evolution of Stars: From Birth to Death
Why write a book about the stars? Of what use is their study? This book covers this ground with a number of anecdotes arising from the author’s almost 60 years’ experience as a research scientist who has worked with some of the largest telescopes in the world. The text exposes much of what is glossed over in the canned information that the public get and holds nothing back with respect to uncertainties within the subject. People want answers, want somehow to be reassured that someone out there has a handle on things. This book details the basis for our knowledge of the universe, warts and all, and offers important insights as to where the science is going.
Graham Hill received a BSc at Auckland University, New Zealand, before obtaining his MA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin. His interest has always been in stellar astronomy, and he worked for almost 30 years as a stellar spectroscopist at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in British Colombia, Canada. In addition to this work, which took him to diverse mountaintops around the world, he developed software, in part with colleagues. This software was aimed at solving light curves and, later, at the digital analysis of photographic spectra. Always a keen observer, he worked with a colleague to measure interstellar reddening at the North Galactic Pole and, based on spectroscopic data, measured the amount of missing mass in the solar neighbourhood. Over the last 30 years, he has been engaged in observing and deriving masses for eclipsing binaries both within the Milky Way and in the Small Magellanic Cloud, as well as writing software for the abundance analysis of high resolution spectra.
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