Astronomy Within Reach leads you to a better grasp of the universe beyond our planet and provides you with the understanding to really enjoy astronomy in whatever way you choose. (Sien ook Afrikanse weergawe Sterrekunde Binne Bereik )
A book that is a tremendous source of information is Neville Young's amazing book about astronomy. Although it is not written primarily for younger readers, Young certainly, as the title suggests puts astronomy within reach of the average reader...
It is not often that you come across a book about a subject such as astronomy that is not only easy to read and packed with useful information, but deals with the subject from a southern African point of view.
I read through your book this weekend and enjoyed it. The book contains useful information. You found your target well, namely, the layman's interest. The good, rational explanations are spot on. I will happily recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about astronomy.
Written for the layman in a relaxed style, the book shows how anyone, using only their eyes or binoculars, can actively participate in astronomy. For instance, the book explains how to see Venus in daylight and how to watch the moons of Jupiter change position during the course of an evening.
Astronomy Within Reach is also ideally suited to scholars and educators, being a resource not only for teaching astronomy, but also for learning about general scientific principles such as ellipses. Learn too why the names of the days of the week are all derived from astronomy.
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