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Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe Hardcover – July 18, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (July 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440563594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440563591
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I've been studying and writing about astronomy most of my life. It's a wonderful science -- a gateway to so many other sciences -- and to the universe itself! I've written several books about astronomy as well as countless articles in newspapers and magazines. Astronomy keeps supplying me with great material to cover and I do my best to distill that firehose of knowledge for my readers. Astronomy 101 was designed by the publishers to give readers a small taste of a variety of topics in astronomy. Got a few minutes to take a break? Pick up Astronomy 101 and read a thousand words on Mars, or black holes, or extraterrestrial life, or learn about how a famous astronomer did her work. Astronomy 101 isn't a big textbook -- it's a smorgasbord of knowledge about the stars, planets, galaxies, and the universe. If something piques your interest, there are links to books and online sources for you to pursue.  
I hope that you find at least one new thing in Astronomy 101 that you didn't know, and that it will let you look up at the starry skies with a new sense of wonder. 

About the Author

Carolyn Petersen is an award-winning science writer, science documentary producer, and CEO of Loch Ness Productions. She has several astronomy and planetary science books to her credit. Her work has appeared in planetarium and fulldome theaters around the world, on Yahoo! News, MIT's Tech Talk, the Radcliffe Quarterly, Sky & Telescope magazine, Astronomy magazine, Astrocast.tv, and StarDate magazine. Her most recent project is a collaboration with the International Dark-Sky Association called Losing the Dark. In the past few years, she has worked on several high-profile astronomy outreach projects. She wrote and co-produced a podcast series titled Space Weather FX for a NASA-funded MIT Haystack Observatory project, served an exhibit writer for for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Visitor's Center,, authored an exhibit on climate change for the California Academy of Sciences, and was the senior exhibit writer for the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

More About the Author

Carolyn Collins Petersen is a science writer and producer of astronomy and space-science media for planetarium facilities, observatories, science centers, and Web pages. She is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a unique multimedia production company. Her latest production is "Losing the Dark", a collaboration with the International Dark-Sky Association. She has authored several books on astronomy and planetary science, and more than 75 documentary scripts.

Carolyn is also a voice-over talent, lending her voice for many science narrations, including the series "Space Weather FX" produced by Loch Ness Productions for MIT's Haystack Observatory. You can also see and hear her work at Astrocast.TV and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, in their "Astronomy Behind the Headlines" Series.

One of Carolyn's favorite pastimes is to read science fiction. Her favorite authors include Lois McMaster Bujold, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert A. Heinlein. She lives in Colorado with her husband Mark, and three cats who own the house.

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I think it will be a good adjunct to the more advanced book that she also received.
Marty
That was a great book to the novice who is searching for the basic notions about astronomy. i like to recommend this book to middle school students.
David
This books attempts to be comprehensive but in doing so leaves out so much of the real meat I was looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart I. Riley on October 11, 2013
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So, relax. Get a cool drink and sit back with this book of science knowledge made fun. Expand your realm and your mind on all that make us up, what makes up everything from the smallest quark to cosmic expansion of galaxies. Explore a bit within and without math as the basic steps for making the complex very easy to understand, while amazing to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty on February 9, 2014
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My granddaughter is very interested in astronomy. Along with this book I gave her a more advanced one with beautiful photographs and more advanced topics and descriptions. She's in 6th grade, and pretty smart. I looked through this book when it arrived, and it seems to do a pretty good job describing various astronomical topics in an understandable way. I think it will be a good adjunct to the more advanced book that she also received.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe N on November 10, 2013
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All the basics about astronomy are in this no-nonsense, non-technical book written for those who know little to nothing about the wonders of the universe.
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This is basically an overview book--as well as an introductory one. I think it's worth 4.5 stars in that it's so well-written and easy to understand. It covers a lot of territory (or space if you don't mind the pun) so it obviously cannot go into too much depth. The author attempts to convey the latest (as of publication date) scientific evidence and opinion as to the nature of various cosmic features. I like that she is unapologetic about the limitations of our present knowledge while emphasizing international attempts or projects to extend that knowledge. There are a few probably typographical or printing errors--notably on p. 138 where we sum to a total of 104% and on p. 198 where Einstein apparently received a degree (stated to be in 1905) while his birth date is given as 1914. Obviously, he was precocious to the max--getting his degree not only before either his birth or conception. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book very much--and learned quite a bit from it--but it's not at a College level--even for an introductory course. Nevertheless, the author's definitions of astronomical phenomena are very helpful--as is having an index. The chapters are short and concise. I especially found the discussion of dark matter (though very limited by present knowledge of it) quite intriguing. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on October 19, 2013
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That was a great book to the novice who is searching for the basic notions about astronomy. i like to recommend this book to middle school students.
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