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Astronomy for GCSE Paperback – 1 Feb 2001

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715629697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715629697
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfortunately this is the only proper textbook for GCSE Astronomy, and its pretty disappointing to say the least.

As a beginner, I find the explanations often unclear and confusing. It takes a while to get used to PM's style of writing, of which, you'll either love or hate.

The diagrams are good, but everything including the photos, is in b & w. The layout could be improved, for example, with subheadings so you don't end up scanning the whole chapter for an explanation.

All in all, a disappointing book and not recommended for beginners.
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As a teacher of science and maths with students ranging in age from 13 to 84, if there's anything I've learned about selecting textbooks, it's this: it is very, very rare that a text comes along that not only presents its subject matter with clarity and wit, but actively engages the imagination and inspires the mind. Moore and Lintott's GCSE Astronomy is just such a text.
The narrative style is friendly, conversational, and inviting; sometimes delightfully playful. The material is extremely accessible without compromising information content or attention to detail. The authors assume no previous experience with astronomy, but avoid the all-too-common errors of tragic over-simplification or stuffy condescension. And, perhaps most importantly of all, it's the kind of book to which one returns, long after one's studies are complete, because it's interesting, it's alive, and it's just so darn fun to read.
I recommend it unreservedly to students, teachers, and anyone who has an ounce curiosity about the world around them.
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When I first started to read this book I found that the style of writing was excellent. All of the text explained clearly what was going on. The harder mathematics involved was even more clearly explained. The diagrams which accompany most explanations were clear and easy to understand. Overall, this is an excellent introduction to general astronomy and, indeed, GCSE Astronomy. Once again I will thank the authors for producing such a splendid and informative book!
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I teach GCSE Astronomy and am disappointed to find so little choice by the way of textbooks. It is great then, that Patrick Moore has written one and by and large it is useful as a teaching tool but I would not buy it for my students as I find there are several problems with it. Though this book covers all the GCSE topics thoroughly, it is a matter of opinion whether you like Patrick Moores style of writing. The book is quite dull and colourless and the prose a little protracted with no clear sections, making it difficult to find a reference point within a chapter. GCSE age students find this textbook very difficult to use and I am not the only teacher of Astronomy to think so. However, it is the only textbook I have found so far that is written for GCSE Astronomy and I am grateful that Patrick Moore appreciated the need for it and is supporting this excellent course.
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This is an excellent book for secondary school students working towards a GCSE qualification in astronomy or those who are simply covering the general requirements of astronomy in the National Curriculum. It is also a very good textbook for those wishing to have a sound introduction to the subject. The book gives clear explanations of the various topics and is interspersed with excellent diagrams and photographs to aid the reader's understanding. However, the planned new reformed GCSE syllabus in astronomy for first teaching in 2017 contains a significant amount of mathematics which is not covered in the current syllabus. An appropriate supplementary text covering the mathematics of astronomy would be needed.
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I found this an excellent book to work through, although it could have benefited from some editing. In particular Chapter 5 is very difficult to understand, and Chapter 8, Question 4(b) is ambiguous. In view of the recent developments in Astronomy it is surely time for an update.
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This book (well, the 1st edition) holds many fond memories for me. In fact, it marked a turning point in my life. I first picked it up during a casual walk around a library in October 1995. I took the book home and started to read it. It was the smoking gun for: a passionate interest in Astronomy; returning to evening classes to do GCSE maths, physics,english,,a corrospondence GCSE astronomy course,,,A levels in maths, physics,, and eventually going to uni and getting a 1st in maths and then becoming a teacher. For me, this book kind of reads my post '95 educational life story. I often wonder what life would have been like if not for that casual walk around a city library 16 years ago and picking up this book. Such fond memories wrapped in fate.
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I'm 13 and can understand this book. I thought from another review that it might be difficult to understand but didn't find this to be the case.It covered all i needed for the exam and was in logical order.As there aren't any other books available for revision go for it.
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