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Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, Seventh Edition (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) Paperback – August 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470230831 ISBN-10: 0470230835 Edition: Seventh Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Self-Teaching Guides (Book 190)
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Seventh Edition edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470230835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470230831
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial 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

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

Thoroughly revised, a perennial bestseller and one of the most successful beginner's astronomy books in the market. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Author presents concepts that are easy to understand.
Vic Petillo
I like this book because it has the information that is needed and is not overloaded with extraneous information or pictures.
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I would recommend this book to beginners in Astronomy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 95 people found the following review helpful By nerdyguy1618 on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a college professor and have used earlier editions of this book as a required text and also as a recommended text for an introductory astronomy course. I like this book because it has the information that is needed and is not overloaded with extraneous information or pictures. It gets to the point. Many other popular textbooks have way too much information to be covered in a semester course, and it costs the students well over a hundred dollars to get the book. These texts have fancy color pages that aren't really all that necessary, in my opinion, and long explanations that are too much for an introductory course for non-science majors. Moche's book is different. It has what you need but doesn't go overboard. But does it have enough? Colleagues of mine have tried to point out topics that are missing from the book. I look them up, and sure enough, those topics are there! The book treats a large number of topics in a concise way. As a result, the information is accessible, and the book is quite affordable for the student. If a student or a professor wishes to go more in depth on a particular topic, that's what class time is for, or sources such as current articles from astronomy magazines.

While I have mostly used this book in an academic setting, I would also recommend this book to someone wanting to learn astronomy on his or her own. The format is helpful for self-learning.

This latest edition will not disappoint you. There are many updates, such as the numbers of moons of the planets. Plus, there is a color insert, which adds some color without adding to the book's price.

What a great way to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009!

Clear skies....
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Kahlenberg on November 28, 2009
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I'm a mother who doesn't know much about astronomy but now I've found a resource to use when my kids ask me questions about the stars and planets. This is an easy-to-read guide for parents who are not experts.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Astronomy Fan on September 1, 2009
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This book provides an excellent introduction to astronomy. It is up to date with excellent photographs and clear explanations. I would highly recommend this book to students in astronomy classes as well as people who wish to learn about astronomy as a hobby.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By astromom on November 22, 2009
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Even with the high level of material in this book, as a high school student, I was fully able to understand everything! The information is excellent and is extremely easy to use. There is no better astronomy self teaching guide than Dr. Moche's. Her simplicity in the complex concepts is brilliant.

Thanks for a great guide!

-Lucy Schwartz
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven N. Norvich on September 25, 2012
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Well written and easy to understand. The self help tests and quizzes reinforce information learned. Diagrams make understanding quite easy. I recommend this book for new to the subject matter especially.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Garry G. on June 10, 2013
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When I read the reviews about this book I assumed it was a fairly simple self teaching guide, however it is far from that.

I am familiar with astronomy so the book was not for me, it was more for my wife. When I received and reviewed the book, it was not as simple as I had hoped. Not that my wife is a simple minded person either, but the book is based on someone who should have prior knowledge of astronomy rather than a beginner.

I would not recommend this book as a self teaching guide, in fact I would not recommend this book at all. Save your money or buy Night Watch which is an EXCELLENT beginners book to astronomy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Payne on January 27, 2010
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THis is a great book, easy to read and follow. Ilistrations are helpful and easy to follow.
I am glad I purchased this book and would recommend it to others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Don on October 4, 2010
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A very good book for little more than a beginner. Would have been nice to have colored pictures, but then the cost would have been higher. However, the diagrams and black and white photos were good enough to relate to the information. The book met the requirements for the purpose of what it was meant for. I would rate it as a 4 1/2.
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