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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2011
I love this book! Unfortunately for me, I took this course on a short semester; not enough time to truly learn from it, just enough for testing. The pictures, supplemental support sites, and companion sites are all excellent as well. This was an online course for me but having all the pictorials and McGraw-Hill website allowed me to see events from the past or events missed due to weather situations that wouldn't be available by telescope only. Buy this book for personal enjoyment, if nothing else!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2013
The content of this book is easy to digest presenting a reader with wast amount of data. Tailored to novices as well as those with extensive previous knowledge of Astrophysics. It can also be regarded as introductory material for future physicist and biologists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2012
I read this book for a class. It is fairly well written. Some of the topics could have been a little clearer but it gives an overall nice description of the Astronomy.

The book progresses in depth of knowledge. It get more specific as the book goes on. It starts out very general and about half way through it starts to focus on specific topics for each chapter. I preferred the second half of the book. The reading was more interesting the first half was to broad to really get any good information.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
Having taken many science courses over the past few years, I have seen a lot of textbooks and this is one of the best. Generally in the course of a semester I find many things in a text that are unclear or inaccurate. In this book I have found none. The writing, editing, graphics, online animations and other resources are just superb. A pleasure to read and makes a fascinating and potentially complex subject easy to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
This book is a great learning tool for beginning astronomy as it lays out the study of the universe by starting with what is familiar (Earth) and then branching outwards. Well written and fantastic diagrams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
The biggest issue with the Kindle version is that the table of contents won't let you switch from chapter to chapter. You have to manually scroll through locations to find what you are looking for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
This has to be the WORST textbook I've ever read. These authors can't explain their way out of a damn paper bag. I can't tell you how many times I've said "WHAT the...?" while trying to learn from this book. Astronomy is not an easy course, granted. But that's why you need to be able to write and EXPLAIN things in an astronomy textbook.

Retrograde motion? That took me three hours to figure out thanks to their God-awful explanation. And it's a pretty easy concept, if you talk to somebody who can explain it. A solar-mass star? These idiots put something about it in the section on the stars, but didn't bother to put it in the glossary or the index. I had to go on the Internet to get an answer I needed about it - which should have been in the text. And the Sun's motion? I had to talk to an astronomy buff to figure out what they were saying. Their cute little "examples" can go, too.

These people really do not understand that their audience is beginners - and people who probably won't become astronomers anyway. I'm seriously planning to either burn this book, or toss it into a river when I'm done with the course.

WORST TEXTBOOK EVER. If your professor uses this one, drop the course and take it with somebody else. Don't put yourself through this.
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on February 24, 2014
I recommend this book, if you like as Astronomy. I have learned so much and I am taking an online class and I literally need someone to explain everything but with this book it just easy, I have a used book and mine was in the good condition for getting a used book. I am serious, it is like new. I would recommend this to any person who want to know a little bit about the world above us. The book didn't take long to get delivered.
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on February 28, 2013
I liked this product because it was in the book condition that I requested.

There are only pros to this book.

It has about 571 pages, paperback and more.

No Comparisons.
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on May 27, 2014
Just what I needed for my community college astronomy class! A late enough edition that the data was up to date and the imagery wasn't too dated. I am definitely pleased with this used book purchase.
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