The Essential Cosmic Perspective


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For one-semester courses in astronomy. A practical introduction to Astronomy with an emphasis on critical thinking about our place in the universe This 8th Edition of Essential Cosmic Perspective provides readers without science backgrounds with a streamlined, cutting-edge introduction to astronomy. Built on a strong tradition of effective pedagogy and coverage, the text focuses on skill-building and includes group work exercises that require active participation. Dedicated to bringing an understanding of the universe, ...

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Steven P

Feb 18, 2015

excellent non-mathematical text

I bought the 2012 edition, custom printed for a particular university, which turns out to be in 3-ring binder format. I'm getting back into astronomy and wanted a review, it's been 40 years since I took it as an undergrad. This text is very readable, paper is thin but print quality excellent. I was expecting a treatment with more mathematical rigor, but as a result this is more of a fun read. This is a non-science major's text. It is very well written and better yet, written in an interesting fashion with good historical side notes. That makes it fun to read as well as comprehensible. Very little science or math background is assumed or necessary. There are extensive illustrations, generally very well done.


May 29, 2009

Great Shape

The book was in great shape and it came with the cd. Came in great time also. Would definately recommend.

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