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The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Astrophysics Is Easy!

An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer

Authors: Inglis, Michael

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  • Using nothing more than arithmetic and simple examples, the workings of the universe are explained in a straightforward, yet detailed and coherent manner
  • Covers ALL aspects and areas of astrophysics, from our own solar system to the edge of the universe without going into complicated math
  • Features new and expanded chapters on Planetary Science, Exoplanets, Active Galaxies and Cosmology with current ideas and the latest research results
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About this book

Astrophysics is often –with some justification – regarded as incomprehensible without the use of higher mathematics. Consequently, many amateur astronomers miss out on some of the most fascinating aspects of the subject. Astrophysics Is Easy! cuts through the difficult mathematics and explains the basics of astrophysics in accessible terms. Using nothing more than plain arithmetic and simple examples, the workings of the universe are outlined in a straightforward yet detailed and easy-to-grasp manner.

 

The original edition of the book was written over eight years ago, and in that time, advances in observational astronomy have led to new and significant changes to the theories of astrophysics. The new theories will be reflected in both the new and expanded chapters.

 

A unique aspect of this book is that, for each topic under discussion, an observing list is included so that observers can actually see for themselves the concepts presented –stars of the spectral sequence, nebulae, galaxies, even black holes. The observing list has been revised and brought up-to-date in the Second Edition.

About the authors

Dr Mike Inglis was born in Wales in the UK, but lives and works in the USA, where he is Professor of Astrophysics at Suffolk County Community College, State University of New York. His qualifications include a BSc Physics, MSc in Astronomy & Astronautics, and a PhD in Astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, NASA’s Solar System Ambassador, a Member of the American Astronomical Society, a Member of the UK Planetary Forum, a Member of the International Astronomical Union, a Member of the Association for Astronomy in Education, and a Member of the Society of Popular Astronomy. He is the author of many books and papers including Field Guide to Deep Sky Objects, (Springer), An Observer’s Guide to Stellar Evolution, (Springer), Astronomy of the Milky Way, Vols I & II, (Springer) and Observer’s Guide to Star Clusters (Springer, currently in production). He is the Series Editor of Springer’s Practical Astronomy Observing Guides.

Reviews

“It covers 16 topics from planetary astronomy to galactic nuclei. Each is presented in a self-contained chapter that introduces the phenomenology and the physics behind it and an observation list so readers with access to a telescope can locate and view objects in the category. … Undergraduate physics students will find it a useful reference on astronomical topics. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division and upper-division undergraduates; general readers.” (A. Spero, Choice, Vol. 52 (11), July, 2015)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook 32,09 €
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Softcover 41,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Astrophysics Is Easy!
Book Subtitle
An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-11644-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-11644-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-11643-3
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIX, 302
Number of Illustrations
240 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
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