The Lives and Deaths of Stars and the Stellar Explosions That Made Us
Sean Couch explains how the life stories of stars are a dramatic struggle between gravity and pressure, provided by a hot nuclear furnace. He stars by summarizing the story of stellar birth, explains how stars are the pressure cookers that generate most of the elements on the periodic table. He then explains the physics of stellar collapse, and the fascinating observational properties of supernovae (exploding stars). He then explains how he uses cutting-edge computational methods and super computers to better understand this mystery.