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Fundamental Astronomy

Karttunen, H., Kröger, P., Oja, H., Poutanen, M., Donner, K.J. (Eds.)

Original Finnish edition published by Ursa, Helsinki, 1984

5th ed. 2007, XI, 510 p.

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  • The established, widely-adopted textbook for physical science majors that gives a comprehensive, calculus-based introduction to the topics of classical and modern astronomy and astrophysics
  • Richly illustrated with more than 400 images, including 36 color plates, that take you on a visual tour of the cosmos
  • Fifth edition offers substantial new material on extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, and extra-solar planets, as well as updates throughout that are a real step up from the previous edition
  • Comprehensive approach provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences

Fundamental Astronomy is a well-balanced, comprehensive introduction to classical and modern astronomy.

Aimed at the science student market, this book makes an excellent textbook, both for undergraduates and for graduates just beginning their courses who are looking for an overview. It covers the whole field of modern astronomy in a clear and concise way that is rare in modern introductory-level textbooks.

While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences.

This is the fifth edition of the successful undergraduate textbook and reference work. It has been extensively modernized and extended.

Long considered a standard text for physical science majors, Fundamental Astronomy is also an excellent reference work for dedicated amateur astronomers.

It is richly illustrated with more than 400 images, including 36 color plates, and this new edition offers substantial new material on extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, and extra-solar planets, in addition to updates throughout.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Astronomy - Galaxy - Star - astrobiology - astrophysics - cosmology - planet - satellite - solar system - stars and stellar systems - stellar

Related subjects » Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Geophysics & Geodesy - Popular Astronomy

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