Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
By Kadri
The Pillars of Creation: Giant Molecular Clouds, Star Formation, and Cosmic Recycling by Martin Beech

The Pillars of Creation is an excellent mix of the history of astronomy and physics together with modern astronomy and chemistry without too many difficult terms or equations that would make reading this book exhausting and take up a lot of time for a lay reader.

Reading this book was an enjoyable experience, as various angles on the same topic or same astronomical object were presented, so that you might be reading about the observational history of the Crab nebula one moment and the reasons behind the different types of emissions that can be recorded coming from there.

All in all though, it's an excellent account of how molecular clouds form, how stars are born and how they end their lives together with what we can see observationally of those objects during different phases of their development.

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