National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe by Roy A. GallantWhen I was a kid, this was my astronomy go-to. Besides a treasure trove of pictures and statistics, it has a lot of the history of astrophysics written in an approachable, but still informative, way. What did Newton, Huygens, and Einstein contribute? Its all in here. All these years later, it still holds a high standing on my bookshelf, and my children (especially my inquisitive youngest) will pull it down and look at it from time to time.
Further editions have updated the information since when I was a kid, to account for our expanded knowledge of our solar system since the Voyager days. It appears the last one was in 1995 though, so it could definitely use another redo. If that happens, Ill definitely pick it up again!
If you buy one book on astronomy, make it this one. It doesnt have star charts, but it has everything else, most importantly, the reason a person should care enough about the subject to WANT a star chart in the first place.
National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe by Roy A. Gallant (1994, Hardcover, Revised)
Published by National Geographic Society. Seller Rating:. About this Item: National Geographic Society. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
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