Leaders are readers. And if you want to lead in astronomy, then you probably want to read some good astronomy books.
To get you started, I have brought: 9 greatest astronomy books for beginners that you must be reading in 2018.
I remember when I was a starter. A complete nerd. And I was stupefied to choose my first space book. I gone through all those fake reviews and people’s recommendation.
But that didn’t helped me a lot. I learned from my own experience. And that’s what I am going to share today with you.
The 9 Greatest Books on Astronomy and Astrophysics:
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1. COSMOS by Carl Sagan
Written by astronomer, cosmologist and science popularizer Carl Sagan. The Cosmos is considered to be one of the best non-fiction science themed book ever. The 13 chapture reading explains the hardcore topics of universe in a way that is easy even on a layman. And dives into every aspect of universe. It will take you on a fascinating journey which discusses various critical aspects like the anthropological, cosmological, biological, historical and astronomical matters. The book complements the popular TV show of the same name. Cosmos is something every science person need to read.
2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking is a New York Times Best Seller. It remained on the top position for more than 143 weeks, which is a record. And sold over 10 million copies globally in 20 years.
In this book, Hawking talks about the universe, from the very beginning to the universe as we see it today. And he molds this very complicated science into a easy to digest language. The only formula used is E=mC^2. If you want your astronomy journey full of thrills, ABHoT is undoubtedly a greatest astronomy book for beginners.
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3. Black Holes: The Reith Lectures by Stephen Hawking
In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that fascinated him for decades – black holes. The book is assembled especially for black holes enthusiast; from the descoverer. The tiny 64 page book discusses everything (like formation, behavior and more) about the bizzar black holes and with detailed graphical illustrations.
4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Unlike other regular publishes, Tyson, in his ‘Astrophysics for people in hurry’, puts the vast complexity of universe down to earth. So every normal mind can process it.
And while you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
5. An Introduction to Astrophysics by Basu
The invaluable book is for the people who want to go deeper in astrophysics in more scientific way. It is the second edition by Mr Basu where he’s astrophysical expertise is in action. He will discusses about tapics like star system, dwarf galaxies, their clusters and more. It’s suitable for both: under and post graduates. A perfect start for those interested in Astrophysics and don’t want to scratch only the surface.
6. Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku, a highly renowned cosmologist on earth, will guide you to answer some of the most sensational questions like; Is our universe dying? Or could there be other universes? And more. The best selling author puts a most exciting title together. He will take you on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the universe.
7. Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson
It’s a introductory title for stargazers. From a award winning author Terence
Dickinson. The handbook is filled with a lot of high quality photographs and smooth readings. It’s a practicle guide to teach you everything; from choosing your first telescope, to how to see the sky better and overall understanding of universe. In other words; Nightwatch is the greatest mate for space lovers of all types.
8. Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle by Michael Benson
Far out is one of the most premium title to make up to this list. From a top selling author and film maker Michael Benson. The Hardcover version features very high quality images. It is a outstanding collection of breathtaking, never-before-published photographs captured via telescopes, satellites and other sophisticated instruments from around the globe. But don’t miss understand it to be a album. It’s full of awesome and informative reading material. The book suits for people of all fields. And also for those who gets bored of text-only book.
9. Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond by NAT GEO
Authored by David A. Aguilar of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the National Geographic Space Encyclopedia is ideal for the family bookshelf, providing both accessible information for school reports and compelling reading on the mysteries beyond our world.
Its a book your kids gonna love!
This Encyclopedia combines the highly attention gaining images with very easy to understand reads together. Its indeed is a great astronomy book for beginners.
So! This were the 9 greatest astronomy books for beginners. I hope you got your next astronomy book from this list. And I have few questions for you. Have you already read any of the book mentioned in this list? Or which one you are going to buy?
Do you think there’s a book that you think need to be mentioned here? Please let me know in comment below as it matters me a lot!