ISBN-10:
0071384278
ISBN-13:
9780071384278
Pub. Date:
08/01/2002
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Astronomy Demystified / Edition 1

Astronomy Demystified / Edition 1

by Stan Gibilisco, Gibilisco
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THE FAST AND PAINLESS WAY TO GRASP THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BASIC ASTRONOMY . . . WITHOUT FORMAL TRAINING

Want to master astronomy or aerospace engineering but are intimidated by the complex formulas and equations? Tried other self-teaching guides but were turned off by the dry, complicated presentation? Problem solved! Astronomy Demystified is a totally different, very entertaining, and amazingly effective way to learn the mathematics, fundamentals, and general concepts of astronomy.

With Astronomy Demystified, you ease into the subject one simple step at a time – at your own speed. Unlike most other books on the topic, general concepts are presented first – and the details follow. In order to make the learning process as clear and simple as possible, heavy-duty math, formulas, and equations are kept at a minimum.

THIS UNIQUE, SELF-TEACHING TEXT OFFERS:
* Questions at the end of every chapter and section to reinforce learning and pinpoint your weaknesses
* A 100-question final exam for self-assessment
* Tips on how to get the most out of observational tools such as binoculars and telescopes
* Discussion of the special problems associated with observing the sky at “invisible wavelengths”
* An easy way to understand the math involved in astronomy

Simple enough for a beginner but comprehensive enough for an advanced student, Astronomy Demystified is your short cut to understanding the heavens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071384278
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Series: Demystified Series
Pages: 575
Sales rank: 785,053
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.52(d)

About the Author

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill’s most diverse and best-selling authors. Known for his clear, user-friendly, and entertaining writing style, Mr. Gibilisco’s depth of knowledge and ease of presentation make him an excellent choice for a book such as Astronomy Demystified. His previous titles for McGraw-Hill include: The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists, Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, and the Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his book, The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing, one of the Best References of 1996.

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part 1The Sky
Chapter 1Coordinating the Heavens3
Chapter 2Stars and Constellations25
Chapter 3The Sky "Down Under"53
Chapter 4The Moon and the Sun87
Test: Part One113
Part 2The Planets
Chapter 5Mercury and Venus123
Chapter 6Mars147
Chapter 7The Outer Planets171
Chapter 8An Extraterrestrial Visitor's Analysis of Earth195
Test: Part Two213
Part 3Solar System Dynamics
Chapter 9Evolution of the Solar System223
Chapter 10Major Moons of the Outer Planets241
Chapter 11Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors259
Chapter 12The Search for Extraterrestrial Life283
Test: Part Three309
Part 4Beyond Our Solar System
Chapter 13Stars and Nebulae319
Chapter 14Extreme Objects in Our Galaxy343
Chapter 15Galaxies and Quasars363
Chapter 16Special and General Relativity381
Test: Part Four407
Part 5Space Observation and Travel
Chapter 17Optics and Telescopes417
Chapter 18Observing the Invisible447
Chapter 19Traveling and Living in Space477
Chapter 20Your Home Observatory501
Test: Part Five533
Final Exam541
Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions559
Suggested Additional Reference567
Index569

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best introductory texts on astronomy I've ever seen. The quizzes and tests make it perfect for home-schooling. It doesn't have a lot of pretty pictures, but if you want to learn something, this book is hard to beat.
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