Popular Physics and Astronomy: An Annotated Bibliography

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Physics and astronomy are favorite topics among the general public as the popularity of Stephen W. Hawking's A Brief History of Time indicates. Popular works on physics and astronomy that entertain as they translate scientific principles, discoveries, and theories into common language are a main reason why these sciences remain favorite topics. Popular Physics and Astronomy provides general readers with an essential resource to this growing and important body of literature, many of which have been written by the ...

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Overview

Physics and astronomy are favorite topics among the general public as the popularity of Stephen W. Hawking's A Brief History of Time indicates. Popular works on physics and astronomy that entertain as they translate scientific principles, discoveries, and theories into common language are a main reason why these sciences remain favorite topics. Popular Physics and Astronomy provides general readers with an essential resource to this growing and important body of literature, many of which have been written by the leading lights of these disciplines. The 895 books, articles, and nonprint media are divided by subject and include chapters devoted to the history of physics, basic principles, books for children and young adults, and audiovisual presentations. Each entry contains annotations that describe the general level of mathematics used in the book, the writer's qualifications, the presence of visual aids, and evaluative comments.

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American Reference Books Annual
...commentaries are insightful and a delight to read. The book stands alone as a good read and is appropriate for any science collection.
The Observatory
...I have little but praise for this unusual compendium...include[s] incisive and helpful comments and opinions on virtually every entry...very useful...
Isis
..."popular" works translate science into common language, fire the imagination of the young, provide intellectual perspectives, connect science to culture at large, and entertain...Smith's annotations summarize the topics discussed in each selection, helpfully evaluate the quality and type of illustrations, and note the degree of math required for appreciation of the selection.
Reference Reviews
...a good investment when you consider that in this highly complex area of science you could be purchasing a volume well out with the capabilities of your users. This compiler has sympathy and insight for you...
CHOICE
...well-written annotations...Highly recommended for all libraries.
Choice
...well-written annotations...Highly recommended for all libraries.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...commentaries are insightful and a delight to read. The book stands alone as a good read and is appropriate for any science collection.
Isis
..."popular" works translate science into common language, fire the imagination of the young, provide intellectual perspectives, connect science to culture at large, and entertain...Smith's annotations summarize the topics discussed in each selection, helpfully evaluate the quality and type of illustrations, and note the degree of math required for appreciation of the selection.
Observatory
...I have little but praise for this unusual compendium...include[s] incisive and helpful comments and opinions on virtually every entry...very useful....
ARBA
...commentaries are insightful and a delight to read. The book stands alone as a good read and is appropriate for any science collection..
Booknews
Describes some 900 books, articles, and non-print resources on physics and astronomy for general readers, with sections on classical physics, particle physics, astronomy and cosmology, philosophical themes, and audiovisual presentations, with chapters on history of the field, basic principles, and material for children and young adults. Entries note the level of mathematics used in the book, the writer's qualifications, and the presence of visual aids and end matter, and offer evaluative comments. The spartan layout is not much fun. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810831490
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Magill Bibliographies Series
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Smith, Ph.D., is a freelance writer specializing in science and language.

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