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THE FAST AND PAINLESS WAY TO GRASP THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BASIC ASTRONOMY . . . WITHOUT FORMAL TRAINING

Want to master astronomy or aerospace engineering but are intimidated by the complex formulas and equations? Tried other self-teaching guides but were turned off by the dry, complicated presentation? Problem solved! Astronomy Demystified is a totally different, very entertaining, and amazingly effective way to learn the mathematics, ...

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Overview

THE FAST AND PAINLESS WAY TO GRASP THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BASIC ASTRONOMY . . . WITHOUT FORMAL TRAINING

Want to master astronomy or aerospace engineering but are intimidated by the complex formulas and equations? Tried other self-teaching guides but were turned off by the dry, complicated presentation? Problem solved! Astronomy Demystified is a totally different, very entertaining, and amazingly effective way to learn the mathematics, fundamentals, and general concepts of astronomy.

With Astronomy Demystified, you ease into the subject one simple step at a time – at your own speed. Unlike most other books on the topic, general concepts are presented first – and the details follow. In order to make the learning process as clear and simple as possible, heavy-duty math, formulas, and equations are kept at a minimum.

THIS UNIQUE, SELF-TEACHING TEXT OFFERS:
* Questions at the end of every chapter and section to reinforce learning and pinpoint your weaknesses
* A 100-question final exam for self-assessment
* Tips on how to get the most out of observational tools such as binoculars and telescopes
* Discussion of the special problems associated with observing the sky at “invisible wavelengths”
* An easy way to understand the math involved in astronomy

Simple enough for a beginner but comprehensive enough for an advanced student, Astronomy Demystified is your short cut to understanding the heavens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071384278
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 575
  • Sales rank: 389,474
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill’s most diverse and best-selling authors. Known for his clear, user-friendly, and entertaining writing style, Mr. Gibilisco’s depth of knowledge and ease of presentation make him an excellent choice for a book such as Astronomy Demystified. His previous titles for McGraw-Hill include: The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists, Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, and the Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his book, The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing, one of the Best References of 1996.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1 The Sky
Chapter 1 Coordinating the Heavens 3
Chapter 2 Stars and Constellations 25
Chapter 3 The Sky "Down Under" 53
Chapter 4 The Moon and the Sun 87
Test: Part One 113
Part 2 The Planets
Chapter 5 Mercury and Venus 123
Chapter 6 Mars 147
Chapter 7 The Outer Planets 171
Chapter 8 An Extraterrestrial Visitor's Analysis of Earth 195
Test: Part Two 213
Part 3 Solar System Dynamics
Chapter 9 Evolution of the Solar System 223
Chapter 10 Major Moons of the Outer Planets 241
Chapter 11 Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors 259
Chapter 12 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life 283
Test: Part Three 309
Part 4 Beyond Our Solar System
Chapter 13 Stars and Nebulae 319
Chapter 14 Extreme Objects in Our Galaxy 343
Chapter 15 Galaxies and Quasars 363
Chapter 16 Special and General Relativity 381
Test: Part Four 407
Part 5 Space Observation and Travel
Chapter 17 Optics and Telescopes 417
Chapter 18 Observing the Invisible 447
Chapter 19 Traveling and Living in Space 477
Chapter 20 Your Home Observatory 501
Test: Part Five 533
Final Exam 541
Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions 559
Suggested Additional Reference 567
Index 569
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    Excellent home-schooling book

    This book is one of the best introductory texts on astronomy I've ever seen. The quizzes and tests make it perfect for home-schooling. It doesn't have a lot of pretty pictures, but if you want to learn something, this book is hard to beat.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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