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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.
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
|Part 1||The Sky|
|Chapter 1||Coordinating the Heavens||3|
|Chapter 2||Stars and Constellations||25|
|Chapter 3||The Sky "Down Under"||53|
|Chapter 4||The Moon and the Sun||87|
|Test: Part One||113|
|Part 2||The Planets|
|Chapter 5||Mercury and Venus||123|
|Chapter 7||The Outer Planets||171|
|Chapter 8||An Extraterrestrial Visitor's Analysis of Earth||195|
|Test: Part Two||213|
|Part 3||Solar System Dynamics|
|Chapter 9||Evolution of the Solar System||223|
|Chapter 10||Major Moons of the Outer Planets||241|
|Chapter 11||Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors||259|
|Chapter 12||The Search for Extraterrestrial Life||283|
|Test: Part Three||309|
|Part 4||Beyond Our Solar System|
|Chapter 13||Stars and Nebulae||319|
|Chapter 14||Extreme Objects in Our Galaxy||343|
|Chapter 15||Galaxies and Quasars||363|
|Chapter 16||Special and General Relativity||381|
|Test: Part Four||407|
|Part 5||Space Observation and Travel|
|Chapter 17||Optics and Telescopes||417|
|Chapter 18||Observing the Invisible||447|
|Chapter 19||Traveling and Living in Space||477|
|Chapter 20||Your Home Observatory||501|
|Test: Part Five||533|
|Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions||559|
|Suggested Additional Reference||567|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.