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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 8th ed. edition (22 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620459906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620459904
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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"One of the best ways by which one can be introduced to the wonders of astronomy." --"The Strolling Astronomer"

"Excellent . . . provides stimulating reading and actively involves the reader in astronomy." --"The Reflector"

""One of the best ways by which one can be introduced to the wonders of astronomy."" "The Strolling Astronomer"

""Excellent . . . provides stimulating reading and actively involves the reader in astronomy."" "The Reflector""

""One of the best ways by which one can be introduced to the wonders of astronomy."" --The Strolling Astronomer

""Excellent . . . provides stimulating reading and actively involves the reader in astronomy."" --The Reflector

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Astronomy

A Self-Teaching Guide

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Not being the brightest spark, this book requires some mental effort but it's definitely worth it. If you're new to astronomy and really want to understand how it all works then this is a must. There are other books that will give far simpler explanations but leave you with a lot of unanswered questions, not this one. I also love the tests at the end of each chapter which are a real boost when you realise how much you've taken in and also let you know which bits to read again! I bought this initially on Kindle but it's just too difficult to navigate to the maps at the back so would recommend the physical book. As my husband said 'I was after the world and got the universe'! Would definitely recommend.
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Very good book on astronomy. I wanted a review of astronomy without getting into the heavy tech stuff. This book did just that - very enjoyable read.
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This book is very well written and covers a lot of topics of interest for amateur astronomers of all kinds. Makes an excellent reference book
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I was pleasantly surprised by how the author has managed to present a condiderable amount of knowledge without the confusing depth provided by some text-books. This is not to criticise the latter but simlpy to say I think Astronomy - a self teaching guide is a straight forward and useful place to start.
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This is a great introduction to astronomy, pitched somewhere betwwen a popular science book and a basic textbook. Coverage includes theory of observing (the celestial globe and coordinates, strengths and weaknesses of observing in different wavelengths etc), solar system objects, star types and lifecyles, galaxies and cosmological issues (e.g. cosmological expansion and redshift) for a beginning audience. There is some maths but it's pretty basic, and questions at the end of each chapter to test your newly acquired knowledge.
Inspired me to go a bit futher with Ian Morison's excellent Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology, which explores the same ideas but in more depth and with more of the maths. Finding this one a bit of challenge, but getting there, and Moche definiteky deserves some of the credit.
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This is a really well written book; especially if you are reasonably new to astronomy and wanting to go down the teach yourself route.

The chapters are well sequenced and there is a number of opportunities to review your learning with some questions at the end of most of the sections.
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Very well reproduced to be read electronically, although a paper version is always going to be better!

The book itself is well laid out and goes through the subject in a methodical manner with:
Aims/goals at the beginning of the chapter
The subject material
Worked examples for mathematical formulas [if applicable]
Self test questions on the chapter [with answers]

This has/will help me with Astronomy exams coming up next year.

Well recommended!
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A very good book, full of questions & answers but i would be nice if it was written & published by some one living in the UK. but still full of information for any nationality.
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