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Universe 6th ed [Paperback]

William J. Kaufmann , Roger A. Freedman
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14 Sep 2001 0716746476 978-0716746478 6th Revised edition
Universe, accompanied by "Starry Night" CD-ROM, is now in its 6th edition and includes many new images taken from the Mars Pathfinder mission and the HST. The book is highly suitable for undergraduate courses in cosmology.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd; 6th Revised edition edition (14 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716746476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716746478
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 21.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roger A. Freedman, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. William J. Kaufmann, formerly of San Diego State University, USA, was the author of the first four editions of Universe. His many books include Relativity and Cosmology and Exploration of the Solar System. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for new astronomers. 10 Feb 2001
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This is a first class textbook with so much information on astronomy. The CDrom provides an excellent picture of the night sky which is a big help for novice star gazing as it helps with the identification of the stars and constellations. Since I recieved this book I have spent hours looking at the CD. I find that the lay out of the book is easy to follow and has a wealth of information. The more difficult Mathematics is made simple to follow. My understanding of Astronomy has increased one hundred fold since I started to read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book 30 May 2003
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This book is extraordinarily good. It is very detailed but, most especially, it explains everything in simple, easy to understand, terms. The illustrations are also excellent. It has been (and will continue to be) a great help to me. I really cannot fault it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted and engaging. 24 Oct 2003
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Now THIS is a great book.
When I received it, I have to admit that I judged the book by it's cover as I hadn't read the advertisement properly, so was expecting a hardback (that's my error of course). On reading the introductory text once again I felt that maybe I'd made a mistake as the book was obviously an undergraduate textbook. Regardless, I persevered. Then, two weeks later, I'm wondering how on earth I managed to read every page, diagram and article in such a short space of time. This book is compulsive reading.
It is beautifully organised, and the planet-specific sections are truly the most enlightening pages I've ever read about the Solar System. The chapter on Mars is particularly brilliant in its portrayal of the red planet and the secrets it holds. The images are always useful and at times awe-inspiring.
How the Authors manage to convey such complex phenomenon to such a wide audience is incredibly effective. The most complex of astrophysical laws are made accessible to anyone with even a passing interest in Astronomy and Cosmology. The casual astronomer is going to feel right at home here, and so will the degree student. Trust me, it is a work of art.
Without doubt the most extensive, well crafted books I have ever read on the subject.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universe- 7th Edition 23 Jan 2005
I brought this book to accompany I brought this book to accompany my degree level astrophysics module, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
The book is well written in a structured and easy to grasp manner, and is perfect for anyone, be it a student or someone with a casual interest in space or physics. It covers allot, starting with the very basic principles of physics, and working its way up steadily to the complex theories that make up our current ideas about objects like neutron stars and black holes. It gives a wonderfully diverse view of all areas of physics, but at the same time it avoids going to such a depth as to become complicated.
The included CD also contains many interesting video clips and photos bring the whole of the books text to life, enhancing and illustrating most of the points made.
A well recommended book, the only flaw I could find was that the edges were bashed on mine!
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Simply the best book on astronomy in general that I have ever read. It caters for those taking a passing interest in the subject but also covers topics in depth. The text is easy to read and the pictures and graphics are first class. It nicely complements some of the dryer academic works and thus should also be of assistance to udergraduates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wealth of accessible information 16 July 2008
This is a great book. It has loads of really, really good information. It's very up to date and has great coverage of the subject matter.

It's not too in depth for the interested lay person, but it's not so high level as to be unengaging.

There are editions available that come with Starry Night planetarium software, or you can get this yourself quite cheap. There are loads of exercises that are well worth doing, many of which make use of this software.

I bought this book on recommendation, and I'm really glad I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Universe plus CD-Rom : A good buy 24 Oct 2006
Bought this book to supplement my astronomy course. An easy read covering the basics of astronomy with lots of nice pictures to keep you awake (lol). The CDs that come along with the book are very interactive and engaging, they are pretty useful too by providing further reads and weblinks.

Would definitely recommend this to students or anyone who wish to embark on the journey of 'universe'. As commented by another user, Freedman and Kaufmann really did an excellent job here by making hard to digest informations plain simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was the required reading for some courses I took. ...
Was the required reading for some courses I took. The descriptions are detailed and well complemented with drawings and photographs. Concepts and theories are well described.
Published 28 days ago by Ian Grech
5.0 out of 5 stars A most comprehensive basis for studying astronomy
This book is used as the basis of the course by at least two of the universities that offer distance learning courses. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patrick Wyman
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The products was exactly as it was described by the seller...The delivery took some time but it arrived safely and i will recommend the seller in the future.
Published on 23 May 2011 by Dovelinks
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Price
Book was pretty used, but very good value for money, so didnt mind in the slightest
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Alan Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Universe
Excellent new edition. Had edition 3 before, this new edition adds loads of up to date info but retains the intuitive teaching methods. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2009 by Buckleymug
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge by it's cover (maybe).
I bought this book last week and was extremely disappointed by it's quality. The binding and paper quality is awful. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2004 by D. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, beautifully illustrated, complete
I was a somewhat reluctant purchaser of this book, but it turned out was immensely more rewarding than I first guessed. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2003 by I. Viehoff
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