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Kwok, S. (Sun)

Overview
Works: 35 works in 145 publications in 3 languages and 2,843 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Textbooks  History  Observations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Dedicatee, Other
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Most widely held works about S Kwok
 
Most widely held works by S Kwok
Stardust : the cosmic seeds of life by S Kwok( )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did life originate on Earth? For over 50 years, scientists believed that life was the result of a chemical reaction involving simple molecules such as methane and ammonia cooking in a primordial soup. Recent space observations have revealed that old stars are capable of making very complex organic compounds. At some point in their evolution, stars eject those organics and spread them all over the Milky Way galaxy. There is evidence that these organic dust particles actually reached the early Solar System. Through bombardments by comets and asteroids, the young Earth inherited significant amounts of stardust. Was the development of life assisted by the arrival of these extraterrestrial materials? In this book, the author describes stunning discoveries in astronomy and solar system science made over the last 10 years that have yielded a new perspective on the origin of life. Other interesting topics discussed in this book: The discovery of diamonds and other gemstones in space ; The origin of oil ; Neon signs and fluorescent lights in space ; Smoke from the stars ; Stardust in our hands ; Where oceans come from ; The possibility of bacteria in space. -- from back cover
Cosmic butterflies : the colorful mysteries of planetary nebulae by S Kwok( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the end of a star's life, it wraps itself in a cocoon by spilling out gas and dust. Some time later, a butterfly-like nebula emerges from the cocoon and develops into a planetary nebula. Planetary nebulae are among the most beautiful of the celestial objects imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Their structures, like bubbles floating in the void, are complemented by a kaleidoscope of color emitted by glowing gases. Delicate, lacelike streamers of gas add to their complexity. The production of a planetary nebula is a milestone in the life of a star, an event that foretells the doom of the star before it disappears into oblivion. In this book, Sun Kwok tells the story of the discovery process of the creation of planetary nebulae and of the future of the Sun."--Jacket
Organic matter in the universe by S Kwok( )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Authored by an experienced writer and a well-known researcher of stellar evolution, interstellar matter and spectroscopy, this unique treatise on the formation and observation of organic compounds in space includes a spectroscopy refresher, as well as links to geological findings and finishes with the outlook for future astronomical facilities and solar system exploration missions. A whole section on laboratory simulations includes the Miller-Urey experiment and the ultraviolet photolysis of ices
The origin and evolution of planetary nebulae by S Kwok( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This authoritative volume provides a comprehensive review of the origin and evolution of planetary nebulae. It covers all the stages of their evolution, carefully synthesizes observations from across the spectrum, and clearly explains all the key physical processes at work. Particular emphasis is placed on recent observations from space, using the Hubble Space Telescope, the Infrared Space Observatory, and the ROSAT satellite. This book presents a thoroughly modern understanding of planetary nebulae, integrating new developments in stellar physics with the dynamics of nebular evolution. It also describes exciting possibilities such as the use of planetary nebulae in determining the cosmic distance scale, the distribution of dark matter and the chemical evolution of galaxies."--Jacket
Our place in the universe : understanding fundamental astronomy from ancient discoveries by S Kwok( )

9 editions published in 2017 in 3 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you have ever wanted to understand the basic principles of astronomy and celestial movements, you should read this book. Using pictures of the sky observed from different places on Earth, as well as drawings of ancient astronomical methods and tools, Prof. Sun Kwok tells this story in an entertaining and fascinating way. Since the beginning of human civilization, people have wondered about the structure of the cosmos and our place in the Universe. More than 2,000 years ago, our ancestors knew that the seasons were unequal, the Earth was an unattached object floating in space, and stars existed that they could not see. From celestial observations, they concluded that the Earth was round. Using simple tools and mathematics, ancient astronomers accurately determined the sizes of the Earth and Moon, the distance to the Moon, and the lengths of the months and year. With a clever device called the armillary sphere, Greek astronomers could predict the times of sunrise and sunset on any day of the year, at any place on Earth. They developed sophisticated mathematical models to forecast Mars' motions hundreds of years into the future. Find out how ancient observers achieved these remarkable feats. With minimal use of mathematics, this book retraces the footsteps of our ancestors, explains their intellectual journeys in simple terms, and explores the philosophical implications of these discoveries
Late stages of stellar evolution : proceedings of the workshop held in Calgary, Canada, from 2-5 June, 1986 by S Kwok( Book )

16 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last decade there has been a rapid change in our understanding of the late stages of stellar evolution. A major stimulus to this has been the synthesis of observational data from different wavelengthbands of the electromagnetic spectrum. The advent of infrared astronomy has led to the discovery of many luminous late-type stars obscured by their circumstellar dust envelope. IRAS and AFGL infrared sky surveys were followed up by radio observations, leading to the widespread use of the OH and CO molecules as probes of the circumstellar envelopes. Advances in the technique of aperture synthesis have made possible observations with unprecedented resolving power, both in spectral-line and continuum. the success of the recent IRAS sky survey, with the detection of over 250,000 sources, brings the promise of even more exciting years ahead
Physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium by S Kwok( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a graduate-level text covering the fundamental physics and chemistry required for a modern understanding of the interstellar medium. Radiation mechanisms are comprehensively presented, and extensive examples are drawn from observations in the X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, mm/sub mm, and radio observations. This book goes beyond a phenomenological study of the interstellar medium to give a detailed quantitative treatment of the radiative and dynamical interactions between stars and the interstellar medium. With an emphasis on a physical understanding of these processes, the mathematical derivations are clean, elegant and easily understandable by anyone with an undergraduate background in physics."--Publisher's website
Organic matter in space proceedings of the 251st Symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Hong Kong, China, February 18-22, 2008 by International Astronomical Union( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomical infrared spectroscopy : future observational directions by Conference on Astronomical Infrared Spectroscopy( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planetary nebulae : their evolution and role in the universe : proceedings of the 209th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union held at Canberra, Australia, 19-23 November 2001 by International Astronomical Union( Book )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late Stages of Stellar Evolution : Proceedings of the Workshop Held in Calgary, Canada, from 2-5 June, 1986 by S Kwok( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last decade we have witnessed a rapid change in our understanding of the late stages of stellar evolution. A major stimulus to this has been the synthesis of observational data from different wavebands of the electromagnetic spectrum. The advent of infrared astronomy has led to the discovery of many luminous. late-type stars obscured by their circumstellar dust envelope. Sources discovered in the IRC and AFGL infrared sky surveys were followed up by radio observa tions, leading to the widespread use of the OH and CO molecules as probes of the circumstellar envelopes. Advances in the technique of aperture synthesis have made possible observations with unprecedent resolving power, both in spectral-line and continuum. The success of the recent IRAS sky survey, with the detection of over 250,000 sources, brings the promise of even more exciting years ahead. This area of astronomical research is also blessed with the close collaboration between theorists and observers. New ideas are constantly being quantitatively tested by new data. Theoretical predictions are eagerly used as guides for further observations. This conference was initiated with the following objective: bring together workers in optical, infrared, radio and theoretical astronomy and let them confront each other. Based on the post-conference res ponses we received, many of the participants have indeed found this Workshop a stimulating experience. The Workshop on the Late Stages of Stellar Evolution was held from 2-5 June 1986 in Calgary, Canada
The origin and evolution of planetary nebulae by S Kwok( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae by S Kwok( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Effects of mass loss on the late stages of stellar evolution by S Kwok( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cambridge Astrophysics, 33 by S Kwok( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomical water vapor masers by S Kwok( )

3 editions published between 1974 and 1982 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xing kong hu die by S Kwok( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomical infrared spectroscopy : future observational directions : Conference : Papers by Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origin of morphological structures of planetary nebulae by S Kwok( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our place in the universe - understanding fundamental astronomy from ancien by S Kwok( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Cosmic butterflies : the colorful mysteries of planetary nebulae
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Organic matter in the universeThe origin and evolution of planetary nebulaeLate stages of stellar evolution : proceedings of the workshop held in Calgary, Canada, from 2-5 June, 1986Physics and chemistry of the interstellar mediumOrganic matter in space proceedings of the 251st Symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Hong Kong, China, February 18-22, 2008The origin and evolution of planetary nebulaeThe Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae
Alternative Names
Guo, Xin 1949-

Kwok, S.

Kwok Sun

Sun Kwok Astronome asiatique

Sun Kwok Chinees astronoom

郭新

Languages
English (122)

Chinese (2)

German (1)