By Hugh M. Van Horn
White dwarfs, every one containing approximately as a lot mass as our sunlight yet packed right into a quantity concerning the measurement of Earth, are the endpoints of evolution for many stars. millions of those faint gadgets have now been chanced on, although just a century in the past in basic terms 3 have been identified. they're one of the commonest stars within the Milky means Galaxy, they usually became very important instruments in knowing the universe. but a century in the past merely 3 white dwarfs have been known.
The life of those stars thoroughly baffled the scientists of the day, and fixing the mysteries of those unusual gadgets required innovative advances in technology and expertise, together with the advance of quantum physics, the development and usage of huge telescopes, the discovery of the electronic machine, and the power to make astronomical observations from space.
This publication tells the tale of the expansion in our knowing of white dwarf stars, set in the context of the appropriate clinical and technological advances. half renowned technology, half ancient narrative, this booklet is authored via one of many astrophysicists who participated without delay in uncovering a few of the secrets and techniques of white dwarf stars.