- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 4 edition (December 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805366474
- ISBN-13: 978-0805366471
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.9 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,768,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You might not need the latest version. All it does is give you updates on what has happened in the field over the last few years, which you can find on the internet. You have a choice. You can get the latest version for $80 or a version a few years older that is 98% the same for $5.
Anyways, I used this textbook for my Introduction to Astronomy course. This textbook is great in explaining concepts with only basic math (for a simple derivation of Einstein's Special Relativity, you only need to remember highschool geometry). The 1st chapter of the book is absolutely mindblowing as it ventures into the vast scale of the universe. The 3rd chapter, which address the nature of science, is well-written to give you a feel for how the scientific method works (everyone should read this section because there are so many misconceptions about the scientific method). The 2nd part of the book goes into key concepts mandatory for astronomy. These sections will be harder for people without a scientific background (i.e. those not in a science or engineering major). A lot of the students in the class struggled during these chapters not due to the mathematics, but due to the amount of information present in these chapters. What I learned during 3 years of physics and engineering is shrunken down to 3 compact chapters. But the authors do their best job to simplify concepts, and these sections were really fun to read. These chapters will show you how beautiful physics really is, and more importantly will set the foundation for the rest of the book.
Parts 3-7 will be the most interesting parts of the book (about 20 chapters total), depending on which subfield you enjoy.Read more ›
It has been updated with the most recent expansions with two notable points. It contains the most recent alterations of language by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Did you know that Pluto isn't a planet? It's actually a comet! In August of 2006, the IAU changed the definition of planet to account for the differences of the planet Pluto, an object whose composition recently discovered is essentially the same as a comet from the belt of comets just outside of the Solar system: called "the Kuiper belt (pronounced like "viper," but with a K. In 2006, the IAU changed the designation of Pluto to a new category of Solar body: the dwarf planet.
Dwarf planets are not planets, as the definition of a planet now has a finer meaning, changed by the IAU. Planet designations are based on composition and size: the inner four planets--Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars--are referred to as "terrestrial planets," because their compositions are made up mostly of metal and rock, they're all about the same size, and they have two moons or less. Asteroids also have the composition of rock and metal, and so the belt of asteroids lying just outside of Mars gives an interesting connotation about our system which I will explain soon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had my father by this book for me, thinking that it would come with an access code to get on the Mastering Astronomy website. It did not. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sara k.
I'm not sure if this version comes with the access code. If not, I really need a refund because I HAVE to have this for class. Please contact me.Published 4 days ago by Tiffnar
This text is quite comprehensive and suitable for an introductory astronomy course. The concepts are presented clearly, with plenty of visual aids. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Rayven
Sent me a similar book, but not the one on the photo. Very disappointed. The one I received have the lunar faces on first page. Read morePublished 29 days ago by lesmex I.fernandez
Great text book, it had everything I needed for Astronomy, freshmen level.Published 29 days ago by Georgia L
It came in excellent condition, flipped through the book and I didn't see any kind of writing or highlighting. Their is very light wear and tear, the book almost looks brand new. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The book arrived earlier than expected. It was in a lot better condition than I expected it to be, given the price.Published 1 month ago by Lorraine