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Stars are not the steady, eternal beacons we short-lived groundlings once believed them to be. Our own sun, average yellow main-sequence star that it is, was once an RR Lyrae variable, will be a nova, a red giant, a white dwarf, and possibly end as a black hole—incredible changes which will take millions of years or a few seconds, depending on the stage in its life cycle…. [In Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Superstars] Branley gives a clear and concise account of current theories (the word is continually stressed) on the nature and significance of these intriguing stellar objects and of stellar evolution in general…. This book requires some background, but for those interested in the newer horizons of astronomy it presents a good deal of material not generally available outside of texts. Whether it might be a little too simplified and orderly, I will leave to the experts, but it is a clear, understandable, and most interesting introduction to a complex subject, and should be of use in either adult or comprehensive juvenile collections. (pp. 9-10)
Daphne Ann Hamilton, "'Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Superstars'," in Appraisal: Science Books for Young People (copyright © 1977 by the Children's Science Book Review Committee), Vol. 10, No. 3, Fall, 1977, pp. 9-10.
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