All written up and cunningly disguised as a paper, this appeared on arXiv a few days ago. It’s a write-up of a lecture given at a recent summer school in Italy, by Dr. Christian Iliadis (Uni. North Carolina), covering some astrophysics essentials.
I haven’t had a chance to look through it properly yet, but it seems to be quite a nice introduction to nuclear astrophysics. Essentially, stellar fusion, nucleosynthesis within stars and how that accounts for cosmic abundance of the chemical elements.
(Read: Why we’re made from carbon and oxygen, and not boron and phosphorus.)
As it describes it as the “first lecture of this volume,” I’m curious to see the rest of the topics covered — which should hopefully be written up in due course!