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A Text-Book of Astronomy Kindle Edition

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Length: 150 pages

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  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502379465
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ3G4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 15, 2013
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This astronomy book was first published in 1901. Why bother with it? Well, there is some amusement value in seeing Giovanni Schiaparelli's Martian canals theories presented with a straight face, but even that is treated as somewhat of a footnote. For a book written three generations before our first planetary probes, the planetary information is surprisingly still relevant, Schiaparelli notwithstanding. So there is that.

The book does not have the latest hi-res computer-filtered Hubble images or many images at all, for that matter. It will not dazzle or delight the reader with color photos of things you'll never actually see yourself. And that is EXACTLY the beauty of this book.

As a text on observational astronomy, it is concerned completely with things a human being can see and discover without the aid of computers, space probes, or robots. This is the last book of the age of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. This is the book Tycho Brahe might have written, had he been around in 1901. It's all about observing the sky, mostly with the naked eye, and learning how and why things work "up there."

I've not seen other astronomy books that do this without also packing in a bunch of other distracting information. Using charmingly simple DIY tools and experiments, Comstock leads the reader through the process of discovering, and then owning, the workings of the night sky. Frankly, I wish I'd had THIS book when I took a year of astronomy in college in 1990, rather than doing a lot of pointless learning about black holes, pulsars, and similar phenomena that I will never actually see or experience. How much richer to actually own the night sky? To know the order of the constellations and understand the workings of the planets and the Moon?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By v colangelo on May 5, 2014
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This is an excellent recap of what was taught of astronomy to students at the turn of the 20th Century. The language is very clear and, for additional clarity, is written with proper grammer. The book ( I have the Kindle version) is a very enjoyable read. However, the Kindle version omits, (for unknown reason) all the illustrations and figures that are referenced in the text. This is a painful omission, since illustrations generally help understand the text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reed P. on December 19, 2012
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I was acquiring several space science and basic astronomy texts for my Kindle, so I could update my lesson plans as a high school teacher. In my haste to select a few good titles, I stumbled on this one, was dazzled by the modernistic cover and title, and downloaded it without realizing it is a 100 year old text! It ismay be of great historical interest, but I wasn't really aware that I was getting an "archive" volume of something! Be sure you know what you're getting if you are considering this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Llewellyn on March 24, 2015
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Written in 1908, BUT, it has excellent explanation of the basics that everyone studying Astronomy should be familiar with. Also, it is interesting to read what was known then (1908) with the equipment they had compared to what has become known in the last 105 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ronald C. Spencer on February 19, 2014
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For an aspiring astronomy this book helps increase your base of knowledge and understanding. Learn more about what you love.
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By steven eldridge on March 16, 2015
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It's a good, in a historical and DIY sense. It teaches you how to look at and navigate the stars the old-school way. Interesting read at the very least.
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By Rev. George C. Murray on August 18, 2013
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I found this book quite entertaining and informative. I think its great for both beginner and advanced people. Nice clear understanding of our universe.
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By Herbert Stein on December 10, 2014
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Many illustrations are referred to but not shown ... Makes learning a bit difficult ... could have been a more useful tool.
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