EDUCATION: Astronomy Lesson

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Science  11 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5553, pp. 239
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5553.239d

History is the strong suit of this astronomy textbook aimed at high schoolers or beginning undergrads. Students only need basic algebra and trigonometry to follow the development of astronomy through the contributions of pioneers such as Kepler and Newton. Other sections explore the workings of the sun and the development of spacecraft. The text is leavened with tidbits about the scientists' lives: For instance, American rocketeer Robert Goddard set his sights on designing spaceships while daydreaming in a cherry tree at age 17. Additional helpful features include a glossary and a mathematics refresher.

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