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The Story of the Universe in 100 Stars

By Florian Freistetter

These 100 amazing stars shine a light on astronomy’s greatest hits and their enduring impact on our culture.

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. . . .

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2021 Foreward Indies Finalist

“A good introductory read for those who are interested in the stars and looking for something that is not technical”Seattle Book Review

“This book’s modest price makes it useful for public libraries and amateur stargazers who want to learn more about some key stars and their contribution to knowledge of the universe. . . . Recommended.”Choice reviews
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August 03, 2021