"The book is written in understandable language, but the answers are not over-simplified and provide sufficient detail for understanding the concept or feature described, making this book appropriate for readers for high school to college."
American Reference Books
"The range of topics [this book] presents is vast and comprehensive, with many fascinating informational tidbits. [T]his book remains stimulating and useful, whether one dips through its pages haphazardly or reads it cover to cover."
Book Review Digest
"What a super reference book! ... The answers are written so that a non-scientist can glean some understanding. Take this book in small bites and savor each one, then move on to the next topic of interest."
The Handy Astronomy Answer Book ... poses hundreds of heady questions about such matters as the Big Bang, sunspots, black holes, quarks, neutrinos and Carl Sagan. [A] handy reference, ... accessible writing and careful structure [convey] the pleasures of science and discovery." Kirkus Reviews
"This clearly written and up-to-date titleit includes a readable definition and description of the Higgs boson particleis an informative and browsable addition for young adults and adults."
"includes information on virtually every topic related to outer space ... this book brings the wonders of our universe to life."
Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
"As the third edition, it just keeps getting better and more cuttingedge with its answers. I highly recommend this book. Some of the topics become very technical while others remain very basic so the book appeals to a wide range of audiences."
National Science Teachers Association
"If you have questions about space or astronomy, this book will provide what you want to know."
San Antonio Express-News
combined with its concise and informative prose, engages readers as they move from the Earth, across the Milky Way, and beyond.
generous illustrations throughout ... handy for working on research projects or general reading, is a recommended purchase for media centers and public libraries."
School Library Journal
"True to its title ... all that and more. Amazingly brief entries cover enormous topics."
Each question functions as the heading to an informational paragraph in this lively overview of the history and basic principles of astronomy. The first chapter serves to ground the reader with definitions of general terms. Brief introductions to the astronomical understanding of different cultures throughout history are included as are major individuals and their accomplishments in modern times. This work isn't intended for absolute beginners, as each chapter covers an aspect of astronomy—the planets, the universe, galaxies, etc.—sometimes using terms such as retrograde motion without definitions, assuming the reader will understand. Although the question-and-answer format makes the book seem like one big glossary, the multipage index often serves to point readers to definitions. Full-color illustrations amplify the text beautifully and brilliantly throughout. VERDICT This clearly written and up-to-date title—it includes a readable definition and description of the Higgs boson particle—is an informative and browsable addition for young adults and adults.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly with Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA
Gr 6 Up—Do your patrons wonder what an astrolabe is or how an X-ray telescope works? In this colorful, wide-ranging volume, notable astrophysicist Charles Liu provides answers to these questions and more about many aspects of the fascinating world of astronomy. The material is subdivided into seven categories: "Astronomy Fundamentals," "The Universe," "Stars," "The Solar System," "Space Programs," "Astronomy Today," and "Exploring the Solar System," which are further divided into subtopics comprised of answers to questions; these well-written entries span an average of one to two paragraphs per topic. Within the text of the questions, pertinent terminology and concepts appear in bold type, making the book easy to skim. The strength of the work lies in this seamless accessibility that, combined with its concise and informative prose, engages readers as they move from the Earth, across the Milky Way, and beyond. A generous complement of illustrations is scattered throughout, adding immensely to what is already an awesome resource. Whether exploring the "God Particle," the origins of the universe, or the development of space travel technologies, this reference, handy for working on research projects or general reading, is a recommended purchase for media centers and public libraries.—Brian Odom, Birmingham, AL
Written in understandable language, but the answers are not oversimplified and provide sufficient detail for understanding the concept or feature described, making this book appropriate for readers for high school to college.
American Reference Books Annual
True to its title . . . all that and more. Amazingly brief entries cover enormous topics.
A valuable resource that can be used by both teachers and students as a reference or read from cover to cover.
National Science Teachers Association
If you have questions about space or astronomy, this book will provide what you want to know.
Concise reference explaining all manner of space topics.
Will no doubt end up a dog-eared and well-used treasure trove of cosmological curiosities sure to please anyone who ever looked up and wondered in awe about our place in the bigger scheme of things.
Provides concise answers to commonly posed questions about planets, stars, space exploration, and the universe, and thus serves both as a ready-reference source and beginner's guide to the cosmos.
The range of topics [this book] presents is vast and comprehensive, with many fascinating informational tidbits . . . Stimulating and useful, whether one dips through its pages haphazardly or reads it cover to cover
What a super reference book! There are answers to more than 1,000 questions relating to astronomy, which includes the stars, planets, the universe, and just about anything you can imagine. The answers are written so that a non-scientist can glean some understanding, but some concepts do require a basic understanding of scientific principles. This would not be an entry level book, but something that would appeal to an older reader who hears these terms in class or in the news. In this book, the shaded questions and answers seem to be the ones that are easier to understand. The book has tabs to identify the sectionsstarting with astronomy fundamentals and moving on to the universe, then the galaxies and stars. It returns to something more familiarthe solar system, a large section about the Earth and Moon and another about the space programs as well as astronomy today. These chapters may be much easier for younger readers to understand, as there are questions, such as "Who was the first man in space?" "Who were the first Asian Americans in space?" "What happened when Apollo 11 reached the Moon?" and the like. Astronomy today is also filled with fascinating information about the pioneers and the types of telescopes that are looking at deep space. Exploring the solar system focuses on probes such as Helios, which explored the sun and probes that have been sent to other planets in our solar system and beyond. Take this book in small bites and savor each one, then move on to the next topic of interest. By the time you finish this feast you will have a incredible layman's knowledge of astronomy. There is an extensive index, and more than 100 color photographs are interspersedwithin the questions and answers. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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