"The book is beautifully produced and illustrated, and notable for the care that has gone into the choice of appropriate and unusual illustrations. Recommended." (SSR
, December 2009)
"This is an up-to-date, well-written, first-year undergraduate textbook ... .Many people will enjoy reading it." (The Observatory Magazine, August 2009)
"A very well thought-out book that lucidly covers a comprehensive range of topics in an attractive format ... .Bang up-to-date, and all cut up into convenient, self-contained sections that can be read in a dip-in, dip-out sort of way." (Astronomy Now, January 2009)
From the Back Cover
Introduction to Astronomy & Cosmology
is based on a successful course given by the author to give first year university students a thorough grounding in modern astronomy and to describe the techniques that have given rise to many exciting discoveries. The book also aims to show that astronomy is a wonderful showcase for fundamental physics and how it determines the fabric of the Universe.
The Chapters are Organised as Follows:
Astronomy, an observational science
Our Solar System I - the Sun
Our Solar System II - the Planets
Observing the Universe
The Properties of Stars
Stellar Evolution - the life and death of stars
Galaxies and the Large Scale Structure of the Universe
Cosmology - the origin and evolution of the universe
Every concept is accompanied by worked examples including problems at the end of each chapters. Complex mathematics are not required to use this book.
This highly illustrated textbook, including numerous colour images, though primarily written for undergraduates, will also be of interest to amateur astronomers and students studying astronomy in senior school.