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Universe Paperback – 23 Feb 2014
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Roger A. Freedman is a Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. At UCSB, Dr. Freedman has taught in both the Department of Physics and the College of Creative Studies, a branch of the university intended for highly gifted and motivated undergraduates. He has published research in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and laser physics. In recent years, he has helped to develop computer-based tools for learning introductory physics and astronomy and helped pioneer the use of classroom response systems and the "flipped" classroom model at UCSB. He is co-author of three introductory textbooks: University Physics (Pearson), Universe (Freeman), and Investigating Astronomy (Freeman).
Robert M. Geller teaches and conducts research in astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, he is currently involved in a search for bursts of lights that are predicted to occur when a supermassive black hole consumes a star. Dr. Gellar als has a strong emphasis on education, and he received the Distinguished Teaching Award at UCSB in 2003.
William J. Kaufman III (deceased) was the author of the first four editions of Universe. During his career he held positions at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, San Diego State University, UCLA, Caltech, and the University of Illinois. A prolific author, his many books include Black Holes and Warped Spacetime, Relativity and Cosmology, The Cosmic Frontiers of General Relativity, Exploration of the Solar System, Planets and Moons, Stars and Nebulas, Galaxies and Quasars, and Supercomputing and the Transformation of Science. Dr. Kaufmann died in 1994.
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Well it did have 3 stars but as I have used and read the book it has lost 2 more for the pathetic standard of proof reading. I have only read chapters 1, 5 and 17 so far but the biggest howler is in most places in the main text (info boxes are OK) there is supposed to be minus sign in front of a number there is in fact a figure 2 and everywhere a + sign a figure 1. So according to page 113 absolute zero is 2273 degrees centigrade (should be -273) and on page 473 the absolute magnitude of the sun is given as 14.8 instead of 4.8 (so 10000 times dimmer than it actually is). To make matters worse a little earlier on that page 473 the magnitude of Sirius is correctly given as -1.43 so while the problem is present in at least 2 chapters it isn't consistent. Fine for numbers where I can spot the mistakes because I know what the number should be but now I really can't trust any number I'm not familiar with if it starts with a 1 or 2.
All in all I'd say this makes the book unfit for purpose and publishers should withdraw and pulp it and print a corrected edition
A comprehensive and clear text. Authoritative and balanced.
Comments elsewhere about poor quality paper are really not true. Thin yes, but perfectly useable.
Errors . . few in number and no more than in any comparable work.
Strongly recommend this.
For the the amount of money the book costs its discussing which is a real shame as the authors writing style is great and pictures and illustrations are very good.
Buy the 9th edition if you can get it.
Not a happy customer.
The sellers, 'Wordery' were most efficient, all arrived perfectly, early and at an EXCELLENT price too.