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The Rough Guide to the Universe, Second edition (Rough Guide Reference) Paperback – May 5, 2008

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About the Author

John Scalzi is a science fiction novelist and non-fiction writer as well as the author of The Rough Guide to the Universe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843538008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843538004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicholas Russon on July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a well-written, intelligent overview of current knowledge on the solar system, and this book was exactly what I was looking for. The presentation is very clear, the writing quality is excellent, and the tone is exactly right for this kind of information: light, good use of humour, and not taking itself too seriously (John Scalzi has a quirky sense of humour . . . it works very well here).

I'm not very interested in Astronomy, so the final part of the book was less useful to me, but I can see that it would have been a very good introduction to using a telescope to view the night skies.
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John Scalzi's Rough Guide to The Universe, is anything but rough. I have been an amateur astronomer for over 45 years and have read every beginners guide to the stars and this is the best. It is up to date (which is no easy chore these days with all of the advancements in astronomy), thorough, complete, and there is something in it for everyone. If you want to get up to speed on the current state of our understanding of the cosmo, then this book is for you.
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I burrowed this book from a public library and read many parts of it, i found it a very well introductory handbook for all interested in astronomy...beginners & advanced alike 'll always find it very comprehensive & full of sound advice & information...i'm considering ordering a copy for myself,,,very handy & never failed me whenever i consulted it
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