The World's Easiest Astronomy Book

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Can we live on the moon? Can we travel to the future? Why is the sky blue? Questions we all ponder are answered in The World's Easiest Astronomy Book, written by a former Aerospace Development Specialist turned high school teacher, Hitoshi Nakagawa. Hitoshi takes us through the difficult-to-understand subjects of space and the universe beyond with simple, easy-to-understand language and amusing diagrams drawn in crayon. If you ever wanted to know how the universe worked but didn't know where to get started, this ...
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Can we live on the moon? Can we travel to the future? Why is the sky blue? Questions we all ponder are answered in The World's Easiest Astronomy Book, written by a former Aerospace Development Specialist turned high school teacher, Hitoshi Nakagawa. Hitoshi takes us through the difficult-to-understand subjects of space and the universe beyond with simple, easy-to-understand language and amusing diagrams drawn in crayon. If you ever wanted to know how the universe worked but didn't know where to get started, this guide provides the answers. Going beyond the assumptions of textbooks, this book makes for a wonderfully pleasant read while teaching you something along the way.
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Simple, whimsical illustrations, direct language, and breezy, informative text made this little science book a bestseller in Japan; its author, naturally, is a high school science teacher (and former Aerospace Development Specialist) hoping to reach those "who have no in-depth knowledge of space," and want to get a sense of "the mysteries, wonders, and marvels of the universe, and... mankind's efforts in space." As such, he addresses a list of 44 topics, some in the form of simple queries-"Do aliens really exist?" "Where does space start?" "Is there wind in space?"-and each with a relevant concept rendered in easy-to-grasp terms. When he isn't addressing astral bodies, mechanics, and important principles of space and time, Nakagawa looks at related topics like astronaut living ("If you live in space, you may come to love spicy foods") and the influence of science fiction writers ("If it can be imagined, it can be made"). Primarily useful for students preparing for their first astronomy course, this volume also makes a friendly reference for casual stargazers. Illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978508449
  • Publisher: One Peace Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,471,570
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1963 in Kobe, Japan, Hitoshi Nakagawa is a former officer of Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency. Currently, he is a teacher at Osaka Sumiyoshi High School and lives in Osaka, Japan.
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  • Posted April 27, 2010


    What I Liked: This book covers complex topics in an extremely easy-to-understand format. It would make a sweet homeschool textbook for a middle grader, with each of its short 44 chapters the basis for a separate unit study. Or it would be a good overview/introduction to astronomy - as it's simple and entertaining enough to read through in a couple of sessions. It's full of straightforward answers to questions that I've forgotten having.

    Some of the chapters I enjoyed included A Bird in an Airplane - did you ever think how a bird outside the plane would have to fly impossibly fast to keep up, while the bird inside could fly normally and move from one point to another faster than the speed of the plane? Or Space and Garbage - ever wonder why we don't ship all our garbage into space in our effort to "save" the planet? Or if mankind could live on the moon? And anyone who can simply explain the fourth dimension has my applause!

    What I Didn't Like: I'm a believer in biblical creation. I don't mind reading books that espouse other theories, as long as they are acknowledged as theories. This book, in its straightforward way, states that life emerged 4 billion years ago on earth and subsequently evolved. While I'm still happy to keep this informative book on my daughter's homeschool science shelf, the blatant statement of unproved theory makes me question the authority of some of the other statements in the book.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    Astronomy made easy!

    "The World's Easiest Astronomy Book" by Hitoshi Nakagawa is a wonderful little book that answers questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "Is there wind in space?" in easy to understand language appropriate for middle school age readers and above. The information is presented in 44 short lessons with cute illustrations drawn in crayon and gives the basic knowledge to satisfy the reader's curiosity.

    Even though this book was probably written for a younger audience, I really enjoyed it and learned a few interesting things. In particular, I liked the lessons that described what life is like on the International Space Station and what happens to all the garbage in space. I also liked the fact that each lesson is short so I could read a few and take some time to digest the information before reading more.

    It is obvious that Mr. Nakagawa's experience in the Aerospace industry as well as his career as a teacher led him to write this book and I think he succeeds in reaching his target audience with a fascinating array of topics that also appeals to adults. I would recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in Astronomy and think it could be particularly useful to young people in middle school who may be asking questions about the universe and space travel.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    An indepth children's guide to outer space

    "The World's Easiest Astronomy Book", is your one stop book for all you need to know about the universe as well as the world you live. Broken down in kid friendly language "The World's Easiest Astronomy Book", is one book that both parents and teachers should have on hand. Chocked full of interesting lessons with titles such as "How Far Is Space", "Do Aliens Really Exist", "Can You Hear Sound In Space", "Meteorite", "Is There Wind In Space", and many more exciting topics. Hitoshi Nakagawa has also included the question that teachers and parents hear most often "Why Is Sky Blue". So much information has been provided in this little book that it would be the perfect book for teachers to plan lessons out of.

    "The World's Easiest Astronomy Book", is a true gem of knowledge that children of all ages will enjoy. Equipped with easy to understand terms and adorable diagrams drawn in crayon. When children open this book it's as though they have taken a journey into space.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    a gem for astronomy-loving kids

    Okay, so science wasn't my forte in high school, but I always wanted to understand the mysteries of the universe-the simple way. If you're nodding your head in understanding, you will love The World's Easiest Astronomy Book, a little gem of a book that lives up to its name. Although written for young teens or astronomy-loving middle graders, I would certainly recommend it for all ages.

    Hitoshi Nakagawa, a former JAXA space exploration officer and current high school teacher, has the amazing talent of explaining the wonders of space and its possibilities in easy, simple terms. Such things as universal gravitation, the theory of relativity, and the centrifugal force are no longer so complex to comprehend. They are simplified and easy to understand, as if you were listening to a knowledgeable friend whose love of the universe shone through his words as he sat and chatted with you.

    The book is composed of 44 short lessons rather than chapters. Once you read the first one you will quickly want to read the rest, as your curiosity will be piqued. Nakagawa adds all sorts of tidbits about living in space and what that entails. What happens to the human body when it is in zero-gravity? And what about a flying bird? Or a lit candle? Ever heard of moon face? What's the temperature and environment like in space? On the planets? Is time travel possible? And what is a shooting star anyway? Answers to such questions render this book fascinating.

    I handed the book to a 10 year-old science-loving friend, who began reading it immediately. His observations were that although some parts of the book were a little hard to understand, he learned a lot of new things. He especially liked the short lessons as it kept the topic from getting boring, as some science books tend to do.

    Although this book makes no mention of God as Creator, but rather advocates the theory of evolution, it definitely made me appreciate my belief in God, the Greatest Scientist and Mathematician. The calculation of the number of stars in Lesson 21 shows the staggering, almost infinite number to be 20 billion trillion (that's 20 followed by 21 zeros), making me instantly think of Psalm 147:4, where it speaks of God "counting the number of the stars; all of them he calls by their names." Astounding! The author does such a marvelous job of showing us just how beautiful, calculable and mind-boggling complex the universe really is that it dispels any notion and is illogical to think it all came about by.chance? How could something as grand as the universe, which required immense energy to form, come from nothing?

    Many experts in various scientific fields perceive intelligent design in nature, such as Byron Leon Meadows, who works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the field of laser physics and states, "I believe that it is scientifically reasonable to accept that God is the original cause of all things in nature."

    This well-translated version of the original Japanese bestseller is a unique book in that it introduces the marvels of the universe to young ones. The notion that "the time will surely come when countless people are born, grow up, and spend their whole lives in space" as Nakagawa concludes, may sound far-fetched to some. For me, it is forgetting that mankind's physical, emotional and intellectual make-up thrives on this beautiful Earth, the only planet with absolutely everything in it to sustain life and most importantly, to make it enjoyable.

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