Astronomy Hardcover – 1 Dec 1996
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About the Author
Dr. James B. Kaler is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research area, in which he has published over 100 papers, involves dying stars. He has held Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, has been awarded medals for his work from the University of Liege and the University of Mexico, has written for a variety of magazines, was a consultant for Time-Life Books on their Voyage Through the Universe series, and appears frequently on Illinois television and radio. His books include Stars and their Spectra (Cambridge University Press), Stars (Scientific American Library), Astronomy! (HarperCollins), The Ever-Changing Sky (Cambridge), Astronomy! A Brief Edition (Addison-Wesley), and Cosmic Clouds (Scientific American Library). He has also developed, with Sarah Kennedy, the scientific kit Elements of the Universe. He is a past president of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Even though this book is dated 1994 most of the information is fine and will not change. You may need a later copy for exoplanet exploration or specific technology after 1994. I got a used copy in good condition for about $1.50 plus shipping and handling. Fine for general Astronomy.
Lots of color pictures. James Kayler uses a sensible method of explaining from the simpler subjects to the more complex. There are elementary and more advanced questions and answers on each subject. The book would make a great textbook for a high school senior or college freshman taking an Astronomy 101 course. Not too difficult in math and most should be able to follow the subjects without too much difficulty.
Parts are...Classical, Physical,Planetary and Stellar Astronomy. Birth and Death In the Galaxy and Galaxies and the Universe. James Kayler did a good job and covered all the important bases. This book should give readers the knowledge and excitement of Astronomy for them to explore the wonders of the Universe more. 4 stars and recommended.