By Eric Schulman

ISBN-10: 0716733897

ISBN-13: 9780716733898

For a scientist at the very least, this is often fairly a humorous e-book. either an homage and a parody of Hawking and the high-brow suggestion technology books for non-scientists. I laughed out loud.

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YOU'D STILL HAVE GONE THROUGH A GIANT PHASE, BUT AFTER FUSING HELIUM TO CARBON YOU'D HAVE SETTLED DOWN AND SLOWLY COOLED OFF AS A WHITE DWARF. NOW THAT'S A PLEASANT RETIREMENT. OF COURSE, KNOWING YOU, YOU'D PROBABLY HAVE HUNG OUT WITH SOME LOOSE STAR, GOTTEN TOO MUCH MASS FROM THEM, AND BEEN COMPLETELY DISRUPTED IN A SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION. YOUR TYPE MAKES ME SICK! OK, ENOUGH CHATTER, TIME FOR YOU TO USE THOSE ULTRAVIOLET PHOTONS OF YOURS TO CLEAN UP THIS MOLECULAR CLOUD. THERE'S DUST EVERYWHERE AND YOUR MOTHERS AREN'T HERE TO CLEAN IT UP FOR YOU.

MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE THE CORE YOU SHRINKING VIOLETS WILL CONTRACT UNTIL THE HYDROGEN THERE IS HOT ENOUGH TO FUSE. YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE ENERGY FROM THIS 23 FUSION? IT WILL BE TRANSMITTED TO YOUR OUTER LAYERS AND YOU'LL SWELL UP TO A HUNDRED TIMES YOUR ORIGINAL SIZE! AFTER THAT YOU HAVE LESS THAN A MILLION YEARS BEFORE YOU GO OUT WITH A BANG AS A SUPERNOVA. IF YOU'RE LUCKY, YOU'LL WIND UP BEING A NEUTRON STAR, BUT KNOWING YOUR TYPE YOU'LL PROBABLY END UP AS A BLACK HOLE AND TURN INTO A SINGULARITY OF INFINITE DENSITY AND ZERO VOLUME.

Don't forget that the final mass of each star will depend somewhat on the environment of the protostar-be sure to prepare the region ahead of time so there will be no errors. Okay, we're about ready to finish up here. Just a few more details. In the final stages, the core temperature increases to a few hundred thousand degrees Fahrenheit, the hydrogen is ionized, and then the star contracts to its final radius. Once the core temperature is high enough (millions of degrees Fahrenheit), nuclear fusion commences, and a new star is born.

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