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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, 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.
This work aims to enable people with an interest in astronomy or aerospace engineering to get a grasp of fundamentals without formal training. Each chapter ends with a 10-question quiz, and each section includes a 50-question test.
About 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.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE SKY
Chapter 1: Coordinating the Heavens
Chapter 2: Stars Constellations
Chapter 3: The Sky "Down Under"
Chapter 4: The Moon and the Sun
Test: Part One
PART TWO: THE PLANETS
Chapter 5: Mercury and Venus
Chapter 6: Mars
Chapter 7: The Outer Planets
Chapter 8: An Extraterrestrial Visitor's Analysis of Earth
Test: Part Two
PART THREE: SOLAR SYSTEM DYNAMICS
Chapter 9: Evolution of the Solar System
Chapter 10: Major Moons of the Outer Planets
Chapter 11: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors
Chapter 12: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
Test: Part Three
PART FOUR: BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Chapter 13: Stars and Nebulae
Chapter 14: Extreme Objects in Our Galaxy
Chapter 15: Galaxies and Quasars
Chapter 16: Special and General Relativity
Test: Part Four
PART FIVE: SPACE OBSERVATION AND TRAVEL
Chapter 17: Optics and Telescopes
Chapter 18: Observing the Invisible
Chapter 19: Traveling and Living in Space
Chapter 20: Your Home Observatory
Test: Part Five
Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions
Suggested Additional Reading and Reference