The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy, 2E (Google eBook)
Astronomy is an ancient science on the cutting edge. Although it's been around for over 5,500 years, astronomers say that we have learned more than 90 percent of what we know in only the last 50 years--a disproportionate amount in just the past decade. Each new year seems to yield more information than the last, not to mention advances in the technology for acquiring it.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A good representation of the state of astronomy, that's a little repetitious at times (I believe this is due to multiple authors and overlapping topics). It gave the overview that I wanted, and in a pleasant conversational style, so it well serves its purpose. (I know more about quasars and element creation-by-fusion now.) However, as a science major with an astronomy curiosity, I would have liked it to have been more in depth. One bad aspect is the section titles are all juvenile and pun-like (in keeping with 'The Idiot's Guide' theme, I suppose), so they're useless if you want to scan the table of contents and find a topic in a chapter. (As an example, the section describing blackbody radiation is called 'Home on the Range,' because of the metaphor to an electric range that they use. Cute, sure, but not exactly helpful.)
Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy (The Complete Idiot's Guides)User Review - jo mo - Goodreads
Solar System Solar system Since the beginning of time humankind has been fascinated about the earth, sun, moon, stars, planets, --in sum, the cosmos in general. It does make sense, we didn't have ... Read full review