"I was completely delighted with Bob Bless's new book. It
strongly addressed the two most serious needs I perceive in the
standard menu of introductory astronomy texts: a better treatment
of history and more use of mathematics."
--Joe Patterson, Columbia University
"The text is an excellent synthesis of an enormous topic
that is presented in a clear, very readable fashion and provides
interesting reading along the way."
--Meteoritics & Planetary Society
"If you know your way around the sky, then Bob Bless's
entertaining exposition of the nuts and bolts behind the scenes
should add an extra dimension to your observations; if you don't,
like me, then here is an incentive to get outside, tonight, and
have a look."
"This is a very solid astronomy text for undergraduate
students. It is a scholarly introduction to a popular science
elective. Its depth, rigor and accuracy make it the 1990
successor to the famous 60s and 70s texts of George Abell...The
materials on the history of astronomy are the best I have seen in
any textbook on astronomy."
--Charles J. Lada, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
"An extremely well-written text. All of astronomy is
presented here, in a comprehensive and up-to-date text. The art
is excellent, and the text is uniformly well-written. The
combination of a significant quantitative content and a liberal
arts perspective makes it ideal."
--Kenneth Janes, Boston University
Based on the very popular liberal arts course Bob Bless has taught at University of Wisconsin for over twenty years, this book provides a rich, historical approach to introductory astronomy. It is ideal for use in an introductory astronomy course for nonmajors. An Instructor's Manual, test questions and transparencies are also available for adopting professors.