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How do we know how stars shine
Cobb, Allan B.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Rosen Pub. Group, [2001]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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QB801.7 .C63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A history of the scientific effort, from ancient Greece to modern times, to understand what the stars are, how they were formed, how they evolve, and how they give off such prodigious amounts of energy.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. The Great Scientific Questions and the Scientists Who Answered Them series gets off to a good start with volumes about stars and the laws of motion. In Stars, Cobb begins with ancient observations of the heavens, and proceeds through the history of astronomy and amazing discoveries about stars to a discussion of the sun. This straightforward presentation gives a good sense of the process and sequence of discovery as well as what is known about the nature of stars. Laws of Motion takes a similarly chronological path, from the ancient Greek theories of motion and the structure of the universe to the discoveries of relativity and the "geometry of space," about which Roberts writes with admirable clarity. Although the illustrations--diagrams and black-and-white reproductions of period portraits, prints, and documents--add to readers' understanding of the subjects at hand, the pages, with their gray-shaded borders, look dreary. A glossary, bibliography, and list of related scientific organizations and Web sites round out each book in this informative, accessible series. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Each of these titles follows a similar outline, beginning with people's first efforts to answer the central scientific question, followed by the attempts over the centuries by various men and women to find the solution. In each case, the author takes the research nearly to the present. These accounts, though, are not simply a mere rendering of facts. The authors are essentially storytellers, and at just the right moment they include a bit of information that adds interest to the tales. (For example, the chemist Henry Cavendish was so frightened of women that he could only communicate with his female servants through notes.) Through this approach, readers learn how scientific discoveries are built upon one another, and how science has evolved from a sideline for gifted amateurs to the work of professional research teams. The black-and-white illustrations are, for the most part, decorative. Lively, well-written, and fast-paced scientific histories.-Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.