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The Story of the Universe in 100 Stars
With roughly 100 billion stars in the Milky Way alone, the cosmos is simply too vast for an unabridged tell-all. But here’s the next best thing: 100 stars—bright and faint, near and far, famous and obscure, long dead and as-yet unborn, red, yellow, blue, and white (but, as you’ll learn, never green)—handpicked by astronomer Florian Freistetter because they have the very best stories to tell:
- GRB 080319B, the farthest we’ve seen into space with the naked eye
- Gamma Draconis, the star that proved Earth rotates on its axis
- V1364 CYGNI, pivotal in the discovery of dark matter
- 72 Tauri, definitive evidence for Einstein’s theory of relativity
- V1, which revealed horizons beyond the Milky Way
- Algol, called the Demon Star for its mysterious blinking—and many more!
Freistetter’s short, easy-to-read profiles not only invite you to gaze into the past and future of the universe, they introduce a stellar cast of scientists who came before: from Annie Jump Cannon, who revolutionized how we classify the stars, to Dorrit Hoffleit, who first counted them. Enjoy your journey through the cosmos. . . .
Author: Florian Freistetter
Publisher: The Experiment
Publishing Date; Aug, 2021
Hardcover: 304 pages