By Hannu Karttunen, Pekka Kröger, Heikki Oja, Markku Poutanen, Karl Johan Donner
Now in its 6th version this profitable undergraduate textbook supplies a well-balanced and accomplished advent to the themes of classical and sleek astronomy. whereas emphasizing either the astronomical techniques and the underlying actual ideas, the textual content offers a legitimate foundation for extra profound reports within the astronomical sciences.
The chapters on galactic and extragalactic astronomy in addition to cosmology have been broadly modernized within the earlier version. during this new version they've been extra revised to incorporate newer effects. The lengthy bankruptcy at the sunlight approach has been cut up into components: the 1st one bargains with the overall houses, and the opposite one describes person items. a brand new bankruptcy on exoplanets has been extra to the top of the publication subsequent to the bankruptcy on astrobiology.
In reaction to the truth that astronomy has developed vastly during the last few years, just a couple of chapters of this e-book were left unmodified.
Long thought of a customary textual content for actual technology majors, Fundamental Astronomy is usually an outstanding reference and entrée for devoted beginner astronomers. for his or her gain the introductory bankruptcy has been prolonged to offer a quick precis of the differing kinds of celestial objects.
From experiences of prior editions:
"… the big variety of workmanship supplies the booklet an expert that may be virtually most unlikely for a single-author textual content ... There are different aids to the reader: labored examples ... starred sections in important points take the inquisitive reader past the final point of the book." (Nature)
"… targeted between on hand texts and has rather a lot to supply ... not anyone serious about astronomy educating probably want to be and not using a copy." (The Physics Teacher)
"Gives a superior beginning to the fundamental principles of astronomy in a transparent and obtainable model … basic principles are constructed in actual fact and utilized to genuine difficulties, and ideas are labored out." (Sky & Telescope)<
"Fundamental Astronomy is either the identify and a very good description of the content material … . can be fitted to severe amateurs who "find the preferred texts too trivial". for my part … this quantity a must-buy for any critical novice searching for a entire assessment of issues astronomical. … Its usefulness for schooling reasons is better by way of labored examples in every one part via exercises." (AAS magazine, March, 2004)
"This is the 4th variation of this popular and good validated undergraduate-level textual content on astronomy. … all of the derivations are good performed and the issues chosen for pupil paintings are fascinating and may surely aid the coed in his or her stories. … while you're searching for an outstanding undergraduate textual content outlining the physics which underpins quite a bit of recent astronomy then this publication may be a really necessary addition for your own library." (Kevin P. Marshall, Astronomy Now, might, 2004)
From the reports of the 5th variation: “This textbook, appropriate for a school first path in astronomy, is the outgrowth of an extended and awesome astronomical culture in Finland, and the results of an intensive collaborative attempt, which integrated additionally instructing and interplay with many of us. … I hugely suggest this ebook for sophistication use … it is going to be invaluable for execs as well.” (Bruno Bertotti, Prometeo, Vol. 24 (3-4), 2008)