THE FASCINATING WORLD OF ASTRONOMY by Robert S. Richardson

THE FASCINATING WORLD OF ASTRONOMY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This presents a broad survey by a practising astronomer and gives an ample mixture of astronomical facts, theories, history, personalities and current problems in an unusual yet practical way. Divided into 17 categories (chapters), it asks a series of questions on each that are given detailed answers which cover almost every aspect of astronomy. The first chapter, Astronomers and their work, asks and answers: How do you become an astronomer? How does a large observatory operate? Do all astronomers work at the telescope? Is there a place for women in astronomy? Do astronomers specialize in their study of the heavens? What different objects do astronomers study?, etc. Following this familiarization with the life and work of the astronomer, the author answers further questions under such topics as Telescopes and Measurements: The Moon and its Surface Features; How the Planets Move; A Survey of the Stars; The Life of a Star: and others. Filled with practical, factual material, this volume offers the reader the subject matter of astronomy for easy assimilation and is an excellent--not over-simplified--introduction to this major science. Especially for high school, college and public libraries.

Pub Date: April 12th, 1960
Publisher: McGraw-Hill