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The Astronomy Cafe: 365 Questions and Answers from "Ask the Astronomer" ("Scientific American" Library) Paperback – April, 1998


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"I like Odenwald's willingness to admit defeat. Do other dimensions exist? 'We simply don't know,' he confesses.... Enlightening and entertaining." -- New Scientist

"The book is valuable...nowhere more so than in its inclusion of questions commonly asked but ignored in most introductory courses and texts." -- Choice
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Product Details

  • Series: "Scientific American" Library
  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: W.H. Freeman & Company; 1 edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716732785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716732785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,107,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schneider on November 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This reference consists of 365 questions submitted by the public and Odenwald's answers, taken from the author's "Ask the Astronomer" internet website. These questions cover topics from the solar system to galaxies to the Big Bang. The general reader may find this easy to read reference an enjoyable way to learn about these topics.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
The cosmos are very perplexing, as well as awe-inspiring, and its wonderful how this book packages this very scientific information in a friendly and approachable way. Many people like myself, who are not scientists but who yearn to learn the basic theories, look up at the night sky and wonder how planets, stars and galaxies came to be and exist. This book is a great Cosmic Companion which guides you through the stars in a comprehesible fashion: although space terminology can get complex, it is easy to follow along with Dr. Odenwald's voice of the book. If you love interesting details about the heavens, then this book is perfect for you: you'll ingest this neat info so quickly, that your mind will be like a miniature black-hole, and the details will be unable to escape from your mind's event horizon. It's a wonderful book that I feel can be used to teach younger students many important and fascinating facts; I say this as an experienced teacher and journalist. It helps us to understand the ever chaotic cosmos a whole lot better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zach Goldfarb on July 6, 1999
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In his frequently asked questions book, Odenwald doe s an excellent job at answering technical and rather pseudoscience sorts of questions. However, while Odenwald does show he knows what he's talking about, his writing style and organization leave much to be desired.
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