- Tapa dura: 352 páginas
- Editor: DK PUB; Edición: 1 (5 de septiembre de 2017)
- Colección: Big Ideas Simply Explained
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1465464182
- ISBN-13: 978-1465464187
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº101.581 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Astronomy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (Inglés) Tapa dura – 5 sep 2017
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"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." -- Examiner.com
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"Accessible guide to the great thinkers." -- School Library Journal
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An essential guide to milestone developments in astronomy, telling the story of our ideas about space, time, and the physics of the cosmos—from ancient times to the present day.
From planets and stars to black holes and the Big Bang, take a journey through the wonders of the universe. Featuring topics from the Copernican Revolution to the mind-boggling theories of recent science, The Astronomy Book uses flowcharts, graphics, and illustrations to help clarify hard-to-grasp concepts and explain almost 100 big astronomical ideas. Covering the biographies of key astronomers through the ages such as Ptolemy, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Hawking, The Astronomy Book details their theories and discoveries in a user-friendly format to make the information accessible and easy to follow.
Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.Ver Descripción del producto
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Having taught science for 38 years at levels from middle school through college, I can tell when a science-related volume hits the mark with both its content's "reach" and its presentation. As with DK's 2014 Science Book, the on-point text is augmented with simple flow charts, full-color illustrations, links to related topics, and lots of brief bios about the people who spent years discovering what is presented.
Also noteworthy... this volume contains several longish biographies of women astronomers like: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Annie Jump Cannon, Margaret Geller, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchin, Vera Rubin, and Beatrice Tinsley.
The contributors are experienced in science book writing and in astronomy to the degree necessary in order to pull off the task of communicating both simple and challenging ideas to a wide variety of potential readers.
In contrast, ‘The Astronomy Book’ produces writing like: ‘In 1900, German physicist Max Planck worked out the precise mathematics to describe how the mix of wavelengths of light given off by hot objects, and hence their color, varies according to their temperature. Thus star colors are related to surface temperature – red stars have the coolest surfaces, and blue stars the hottest.’
The Astronomy Book has a much wider range of topics than deGrasse’s book (but that is because deGrasse spends a great deal more time and detail on astrophysics). The Astronomy Book covers asteroids and meteorites, as it does the fascinating subject of the (possible) life on other planets. Would we be put off by words like ‘quasars and pulsars’? In the chapter, ‘It has to be some new kind of Star’, a quasar is clearly and fully explained in one short paragraph. And ‘Dark Matter’? No matter. In the entertaining chapter, ‘Most of the Universe is Missing’, we find out why we cannot see most of the universe – thanks to Vera Rubin. She showed that stars in ‘nearby galaxies seemed not to move in a way consistent with Newton’s law of gravity: their outer regions moved too quickly.’ The writer goes on to explain this phenomenon simply and clearly.
As in all DK books in this series, there are lovely photographs, not just of space and planets, but earthly luminaries such as Vera Rubin, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Edwin Hubble, and Bertil Lindblad. For those who find deGrasse too daunting, they will find this book illuminating.