The Life of Stars

The Controversial Inception and Emergence of the Theory of Stellar Structure

  • Giora¬†Shaviv

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Giora Shaviv
    Pages 45-74
  3. Giora Shaviv
    Pages 75-114
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    Pages 197-274
  5. Giora Shaviv
    Pages 275-339
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    Pages 341-367
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    Pages 455-494
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 1-10

About this book


This beautifully illustrated book describes the birth and evolution of the theory of stellar structure through the vehement controversy between biology (as presented by Darwin) and physics (as presented by Kelvin) about the age of the Earth, which culminated with Rutherford suggesting radioactive dating. Shaviv analyzes critically many proclaimed scientific results, showing how and why they were wrong, and explains why it took decades to find the now accepted scientific answers - where there are such - and why there remains much more to be done before we can say we fully understand what happens up there in the heavens.

The Life of the Stars provides fascinating reading for all those interested in the stars, in the history of astronomy and in what their story tells us about how science progresses. Moreover, it will bring readers up-to-date on current problems in astrophysics.


Charles Darwin Evolution of Astrophysics History of stellar theory Inception of theory Science and debate Star Stellar evolution Stellar structure astronomy stellar

Authors and affiliations

  • Giora¬†Shaviv
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. PhysicsTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-02087-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-02088-9
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