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Astrophysics is Easy!

An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer

Inglis, Michael

2007, XVIII, 206p. 40 illus., 4 illus. in color.


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  • Quantitative approach cuts through complex math to explain astrophysics in accessible terms
  • Example objects for practical observation are given at every stage
  • Helps ensure that amateur astronomers will not miss out on the fascinating fundamentals of the subject

With some justification, many amateur astronomers believe astrophysics is a very difficult subject, requiring at least degree-level mathematics to understand it properly.

This isn’t necessarily the case. Mike Inglis' quantitative approach to the subject explains all aspects of astrophysics in simple terms and cuts through the incomprehensible mathematics with which this fascinating subject is all too often associated.

Astrophysics is Easy! begins by looking at the H-R diagram and other basic tools of astrophysics, then ranges across the universe, from a first look at the interstellar medium and nebulae, through the birth, evolution and death of stars, to the physics of galaxies and clusters of galaxies.

A unique feature of this book is the way that Dr. Inglis lists example objects for practical observation at every stage, so that practical astronomers can go and look at the object or objects under discussion – using only easily-available commercial amateur equipment.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » astronomy books - astronomy for dummies - astrophysics - astrophysics introduction - astrophysics without mathematics - teaching astronomy

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Tools of the Trade.- The Interstellar Medium.- Stars.- Galaxies.

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