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Astrophysics Next level up from pop science texts?

  1. May 8, 2017 #1
    I am looking into self studying astrophysics, but not to an academic professional level. I am at the moment going through the Khan Academy material in maths, physics and astronomy.
    I am in no hurry to grasp all the material, as my reason for self study is more interest than professional related.
    But saying that are there any textbooks for astrophysics/physics that are beyond the pop science level which has basic math?
    At the same time not needing to take an advance course in maths to understand.

    thanks
     
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  3. May 9, 2017 #2

    jedishrfu

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    Perhaps this book would be good:

    https://www.amazon.com/Astrophysics...494330526&sr=8-1&keywords=neil+degrasse+tyson

    Physics wise there Leonard Suskinds Theoretical Minimum series of three books and some online videos:

    http://theoreticalminimum.com/

    These are for folks who want more math and deeper understanding of things they've studied years ago but never quite mastered.

    Also the Great Courses has a course on Astrophysics taught by Tyson:

    http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/my-favorite-universe.html

    and others here:

    http://www.thegreatcourses.com/search/?q=astronomy

    and this one been around for a long time by Alex Fillopenko:

    http://www.thegreatcourses.com/cour...an-introduction-to-astronomy-2nd-edition.html

    Disregard the prices shown and wait for them to go on sale. I think all of them come up that way once a year.
     
  4. May 9, 2017 #3
    Try R. Shankar's lectures on YouTube or Yale's open course website. He's compiled them into two textbooks called Fundamentals of Physics I and II, also.
     
  5. May 9, 2017 #4

    Demystifier

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    I like M. Lachieze-Rey, Cosmology: A First Course
    It contains basic calculus, but not tensor calculus of general-relativity formalism. The emphasis is on physics (in cosmology), not on mathematics. And it is only about 130 pages long.
     
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