- Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (February 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852338903
- ISBN-13: 978-1852338909
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) 2007th Edition
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From the reviews:
"Inglis … offers a handy, useful resource both for amateur astronomers and colleges with small student-oriented observatories. It will be useful for introductory astronomy courses that include some observations. … Many different kinds of stars are discussed with the appropriate physics. In addition, Inglis treats topics such as different kinds of galaxies, gravitational lensing, and Hubble’s Law, all done using mathematics no more sophisticated than arithmetic. For all good college libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students." (K. L. Schick, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (6), 2006)
"Inglis begins by discussing all the fundamental tools of the trade and then moves on to the astrophysics of the interstellar medium stars, and finally galaxies. The text’s tone is friendly and conversational, and the author sprinkles in his own anecdotal experiences. The book is generously illustrated with black-and-white figures and a few color photographs. … Astrophysics Is Easy! is a must for any amateur astronomer who desires to learn more about the science of astronomy … ." (Jennifer Birriel, Sky and Telescope, May, 2008)
"The author has set himself the goal of writing a book that is useful to the amateur astronomer who wants to know more about the beauty in the sky … . this book is affordable for many young scientists, physicists, or amateur astronomy groups. It will also be useful to professional astrophysicists who have to address a broad audience or prepare a lecture for a non-scientific public. … this book may encourage more young readers to pursue a career in science, maybe even in astrophysics." (Fernande Grandjean and Gary J. Long, Physicalia Magazine, Vol. 30 (4), 2008)
From the Back Cover
With some justification, many amateur astronomers believe astrophysics is a very difficult subject, requiring at least degree-level mathematics to understand it properly.
This isn’t necessarily the case. Mike Inglis' quantitative approach to the subject explains all aspects of astrophysics in simple terms and cuts through the incomprehensible mathematics with which this fascinating subject is all too often associated.
Astrophysics is Easy! begins by looking at the H-R diagram and other basic tools of astrophysics, then ranges across the universe, from a first look at the interstellar medium and nebulae, through the birth, evolution and death of stars, to the physics of galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
A unique feature of this book is the way that Dr. Inglis lists example objects for practical observation at every stage, so that practical astronomers can go and look at the object or objects under discussion – using only easily-available commercial amateur equipment.
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Top Customer Reviews
If the author is contemplating a second edition, it should be thoroughly proof-read before publication. I would also suggest that footnotes, rather than end of chapter notes would be less disruptive when reading the book.
It is a pity that a book of such promise looks to have been produced in a rush. I still have no hesitation in recommending it, but the reader should not necessarily accept everything in it as correct.
Definitely worth reading. Very straightforward coverage of the common formulas in Astrophysics.
Don't be concerned about too much technical/mathematical detail. The material is presented in a way that's "meaty" and concise which makes it easy to get the most out of it.
Prior to reading this book I read a college level astronomy text and several amateur astronomy books. I would say this is an important addition to any amateur astronomer's bookshelf. The material is up to date and well presented.
You start by understanding the Measurements of Star Magnitudes, Luminosity, and Temperature and even get a grasp on the most important tool used by Astronomers the popular tool HR Diagram. Know how to classify stars and understand their formation and demise. Learn how to appreciate the beauty of Clusters, Nebulas and the power of Supernova's and Black holes. I have to admit, there is a bit of math in there, you can easily follow its logic and apply it to real life examples and get the results that previously looked like Gobbledygook belonging to the realm of Mad Scientists. Its not easy reading, you do need to read it carefully, and reread it again and again to gain the level of understanding required to appreciate its contents. There are many books out there on Astronomy, some are quiet rich in content and literally quiet heavy, but this one is simple, brief and enjoyable.
A word, though, about the Kindle addition. ANY text like this comes with pictures, diagrams, etc---and the Kindle (at least the small one) just isn't the right medium for them. I found myself frustrated often as I pressed sys, wormed the cursor over pictures, then sat very still trying to enlarge. It's not the Kindle's fault--I knew it'd be a problem, and now I don't have this great book on paper. Next time I'll remember to confine my Kindle purchaces strictly to novels.