Synopses & Reviews
From planetary movements and the exploration of our solar system to black holes and dark matter, this comprehensive reference simplifies all aspects of astronomy with an approachable question-and-answer format. With chapters broken into various astronomical studiesincluding the universe, galaxies, planets, and space explorationthis resource is an ideal companion for students, teachers, and amateur astronomers, answering more than 800 questions, such as Is the universe infinite? What would happen to you if you fell onto a black hole? What are the basic concepts of Einstein's special theory of relativity? and Who was the first person in space?
About the Author
\"Written by Liu (astrophysics, CUNY, Staten Island), an award-winning writer on astronomy, the book delivers on the promises of \"Your Smart Reference\" on the topic. A logical addition to the publishers \"Answer Book\" series, this engaging and entertaining publication will appeal to students and adults alike.\" School Library Journal\"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\"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.\" San Antonio Express-News\"True to its title . . . all that and more. Amazingly brief entries cover enormous topics.\" Seattle Times\"Concise reference explaining all manner of space topics.\" Dallas Morning News
\"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 Annual\"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.\" Book Review Digest'