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Foundations of Astronomy

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With this newly revised Eleventh Edition of FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, the authors' goals are to help you use astronomy to understand science--and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating, engaging, and visually vibrant, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know? This edition addresses the newest developments and lat...more
Hardcover, 654 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Thomson Brooks/Cole (first published January 1984)
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فرهاد ذکاوت
I have the 6th edition. As a teacher, I love this book which is really attractive to students and also everyone who want to start Astronomy even his/her major is not Physics or astronomy. Quite complete reference in this level.
It is really important to provide a reference book for beginners exactly what it should be; And This book is the one. Seeds really was successful about it. You can check many introductory books for beginners and general courses of Astronomy.
I actually have the 1991 edition of this textbook, from my junior year of college. I love astronomy and I loved this book - so I kept it instead of returning it at book buy-back time. Although outdated now, there is one part that certainly isn't - and it's one of the most memorable parts: the book opens with a discussion of cosmic scale, zooming out from an overhead photo, page after page, in increasing de-magnification, taking you from a person to the known universe in ten steps. Neat stuff.
So Hakim
Oh, this is a textbook, alright -- but with more prose and less math. Actually, this should be go-to book for anyone with more-serious interest about stars, moons, planets, black holes... (the list goes on)

It's particularly well-illustrated and engaging. The style reminds me of Arthur Beiser's "Concepts of Modern Physics", in that students are expected to drill more on concepts and leave mathematical trickery for later stage. Highly recommended.
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Dec 01, 2012 Louis Lestat 1334 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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It's a good reference book. Used it in Astronomy Class @ SDSU. Good pictures and information about our universe.
Jan 31, 2010 Teaberry marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I'm going to have to start all over on this book: it's been too long since I last picked it up!
I'm such a nerd! But I love this stuff.
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