Anyone interested in Astronomy and our solar system will enjoy this course. The topic is thoroughly covered in detail and is understandable for those who haven't taken a math or physics course in many years. I had learned all the material in this course in college many years ago and found this to be an outstanding review. I believe it would also be a great starter to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of our fascinating solar system. There is a lot of material to cover and he moves fast. What is great about an audiobook format is that you can rewind and re-listen if something blows by too fast.
I am a Physics and Engineering student.
This book is a good overview of the solar system. It is not very detailed, but it explains a great deal. The reader was above average and I enjoyed listening to this very much.
A well written book is a gem.
The last review I had of our solar system was in grade school in the 1960's so this lesson was way overdue for me. This simple review of our neighborhood is what we know about our solar system today, and it's a lot more than we knew 50 years ago. So I was left thinking how exciting it will be to see what's revealed in the next 50 years. Well worth the credit to listen to this one.
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It's so instructive! Of course, many of the things he says are taught in High School. If you're an enthusiast in Astronomy, get the second book of this series, it's way more complex than this one.
The content is well organized and the author knows his subject. It was actually a fun experience from the beginning till the end. The part one is mostly designed for people with no or little astronomy knowledge.
How do you know if this book is for you?
If you know by hearth how many light years there are between Earth and Jupiter, if you have an elaborate knowledge on how the solar system was created, how gravity works, why the sky is blue, how the sun works, what is the composition of the planets in our solar system... well get the second book!
If you are interested in the above subjects and have little or no knowledge in these, get this book it's a MUST.
Plus, it comes with bonus content on the Modern Scholar's website.
If I had the time to listen to the book all in one sitting, I would definitely do it.
It is worth looking at the other Modern Scholar's book, but they don't have much books about science though.
cannot comment - never seen print version
Prof James Kaler - great presenter
Strongly recommend this to anyone with a scientific bent, or those who think there's not much to know about our spectacular Solar System
Excellent overview of the solar system. Makes a good primer for the d=per study of astronomy. It has certainly inspired me to break out my telescope once again.
What I liked about Professor Kaler's approach was that he related everything back to the earth. Though he points out that the terrestrial planets could be regarded as the sun's leftovers, he reminds us that size does not equal significance.
The professor has a way of describing things so that you can picture them in your mind's eye. He points out not only the huge sizes of objects like the sun and Jupiter, but even more so the enormous distances between them. I did not realise how big the solar system is. Neptune is 30 times further from the sun than is earth. And the comets perhaps extend out to half the distance to the next star. But you don't get blinded with statistics. Professor Kaler explains succinctly how the moon orbits the earth, why it appears in phases, and other basic facts of astronomy.
The lectures are well worth your credit. I've already started listening to Part 2.
Kaler is incredible at weaving together the complexities of the universe in an accessible and exciting way. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and his narration style - looking forward to the next ones.
This is a decent overview, but it is at an extremely basic level.
If you already know that the seasons have nothing to do with Earth's distance from the sun and that the phases of the moon have nothing to do with Earth's shadow, you can skip the first three lectures and not miss anything.
If you have ever read a book on the planets, you can probably skip the rest.