Top 10 Books on Astronomy

 

To a layman, Astronomy is just the stars, the moon, and the sun but it is a precise science that studies celestial objects and phenomenon. It is not as simple as we think of it to be it applies mathematics, chemistry, and physics, in the process to explain the origin, evolution, and existence of these objects and what possible changes can occur in the next few years.

Though it involves the latest technology possible Astronomy is one of the oldest of the natural sciences. The early civilizations like Babylonian, Greek, Indian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Mayan have been recorded to conduct observation son the night sky.

 

A Brief History of Time

First published around 1988, this science book became a hot favourite amongst its reader section.

Read it For:
This book provides insight on everything from the Big Bang theory to the Black holes.
Don't Read it For:
You need a strong interest or inspiration to keep reading the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is very simple and does not require specialized knowledge of science for understanding.

Turn Left at Orion

This is a guidebook for the amateur astronomers which provide them information about anything and everything they would want to know about the space. It has a pictorial representation of the celestial objects as they would appear from a small microscope which makes it extremely interactive

Read it For:
This book provides you with all the information you would require at a beginner level.
Don't Read it For:
You require a keen interest in astronomy to read this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It can inspire you to take up astronomy as a major.

Death by Blackhole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Taking up the serious scientific terms and explaining them with the help of humour, humility and humanity this is an amazing book to study astronomy

Read it For:
The childlike enthusiasm with which the author guides the readers through.
Don't Read it For:
You require a basic interest in astronomy.
What makes this book stand out?:
Tackling such serious subjects with humour is what makes this book different than others and among best astronomy books.

The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide

It is an expanded third edition of basic requirements of an astrophotographer including the equipment recommendations and photographic techniques.

Read it For:
better knowledge of astrophotography.
Don't Read it For:
Non-photographers might have trouble understanding some terms.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is only of its kind book helping astrophotographers in photography.
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The Glass Universe

only a few people know that in the middle of the nineteenth century, Harvard college observatory started employing women or human computers to interpret the information their male counterparts made via telescope every night. This book offers you more such facts and instances of female contribution to astronomy which is often underestimated.

Read it For:
to know more about the fairer gender’s contribution to astronomy.
Don't Read it For:
It is a historical journal type and might bore you.
What makes this book stand out?:
it talks about women’s contribution to astronomy.

Cosmos

Carl Sagan was one of the best scientists on the planet of his times, in this book Carl talks about the past, present and predicts the future of astronomy looking way ahead into years to come.

Read it For:
A prediction of the future by one of its contributors.
Don't Read it For:
people not interested in science might find reading this book a waste of time.
What makes this book stand out?:
The books presents the past, present and future of science in one edition.

The Theory of Everything: The Origin of Fate and Universe

This book contains a series of lectures given by Stephen w Hawking during his various public appearances and what he thinks is the process of evolution of the universe from the big bang to black holes

Read it For:
It is always better to document things and consult them for reference.
Don't Read it For:
Non-Science enthusiasts will show no interest in this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a series of lectures by Stephen Hawking in the written format.

The Dialogues: Conversation about the Nature of the Universe

This book advocates that just like we talk about politics, government, education and fashion in the same way we should encourage talks about science.

Read it For:
The points author puts forward to advocate his subject
Don't Read it For:
You need to have an interest in the subject to enjoy the book
What makes this book stand out?:
It encourages more talk about space and astronomy.

Parallel Worlds: A Journey through Creation, Higher Dimensions and the Future of Cosmos

In this book, Michio Kaku talks about the time machines, explores black holes, multidimensional space and also talks about the possibility of the existence of a parallel space.

Read it For:
The new ideas the author offers to the readers.
Don't Read it For:
You need elementary knowledge of the subject matter for better understanding.
What makes this book stand out?:
It talks about the possibility of a parallel universe running along with ours.

Bad Astronomy; Misconceptions and Misuses revealed from Astrology to the Moon Landing Hoax

Phillip Plait offers you informative content to break your existing misconceptions related to the subject and give you a clearer view.

Read it For:
This book is just plain good.
Don't Read it For:
For those looking for complex subjects of astronomy, this might not be your book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Rather than talking about and establishing new concepts it takes a turn at solving the already existing misunderstandings.

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