Universe 9th Edition with CDROM Paperback – 24 Sep 2010
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About the Author
ROGER A. FREEDMAN, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
WILLIAM J. KAUFMANN, sometime of San Diego State University, USA
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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For non-students, this is a fairly basic qualitative text with not much mathematics, so it's accessible and is fairly comprehensive. it covers a wide range of topics, but not in much depth.
It has a lot of pages so it bends on the bookshelf unless kept lying down.
The good: The amount of information inside is just great and is really nicely explained and ordered. I used this book for my university studies, and found it helpful with all the examples and detailed approach to the matter of study.
If you are not a nitpick as far as the (pages) paper goes, I recommend it for any astronomy interest, amateur and students likewise.
I have just read through the first 3 chapters and am stunned by its comprehensiveness and quality. Just look at the general structure of a chaper;
- a brief introduction to the chapter's topics
- the main course, with themes nicely developed and linked
- a refresher at the end
- test questions (answers in the back, of course)
- some practical examples for you to try out (e.g. work out where the moon crosses the ecliptic - why is this important? read the chapter on solar eclipses!)
- more advanced questions
- and further reading
Good enough, you may say, but the points are reinforced with beautiful pictures and diagrams, and there are plenty of box sections for expansion or further details. There is occasional humour and plenty of anecdotes to keep your interest.
Best of all, the maths is ALMOST harmless. Yes, there are various formulae which are inescapable in an undergraduate book on astronomy but in the box sections they work through some useful examples so you become adept at their use.
Finally - if you wish, there are further materials including animated diagrams available through a subscription on the internet to help support and consolidate the course materials. However, the book is so good I doubt you will need them.
Brian Cox - eat your heart out!
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