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Astrophysics for Dummies

  1. Aug 5, 2009 #1
    Hey guys! I'm sure this has been asked before, and I hope not so much as to warrant a "use search function!" but my time is somewhat limited.

    I'm starting university up again soon and I've been debating between psychology and astrophysics/astronomy. The problem is, my math is lacking -- just slightly -- maybe. The question I have is, what books would any of you suggest? I want to get more of a grasp on the subject's base... that is, a good book I wouldn't have to have my PhD to understand, but would give me a taste of what the subject is like before I walk into my counselor's office to change my major.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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  3. Aug 16, 2009 #2
    Are you after math or physics books?
  4. Aug 16, 2009 #3
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  5. Aug 17, 2009 #4


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    "The Cosmic Perspective" is a good, almost mathless, introductory astro book. If you know your calculus, then "Introduction to Modern Astrophysics" by Carroll and Ostlie is the best.
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