Suggested Reading List

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    The intent is to build a list of suggested reading materials that will appeal to the wide ranging interests of the membership while retaining a general relevancy to astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

    Subject Topics on this list, in order of their appearance:

    Biographies
    Modern Theory for a general audience
    Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy
    History and Philosophy of Science
    Gravity
    General Physics
    Galaxies
    Cosmology
    Amateur Telescope Making
    Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Popularizations of Physics and Astronomy
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    Biographies:

    'Subtle is the Lord...': The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein, by Abraham Pais, Oxford University Press (1982).
    ISBN: 0-19-853907-X

    Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton, by Richard S. Westfall, Cambridge University Press (1980).
    ISBN: 0-521-23143-4

    Chandra: A Biography of S. Chandrasekhar, by Kameshwar C. Wali, The University of Chicago Press (1991).
    ISBN: 0-226-87054-5

    Niels Bohr: A Centenary Volume, edited by A. P. French and P. J. Kennedy, Harvard University Press (1985).
    ISBN: 0-674-62415-7
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    Modern Theory for a general audience:

    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, by Brian Greene, W. W. Norton & Company (1999).
    ISBN: 0-393-04688-5

    The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene, Alfred A. Knopf (2004).
    ISBN: 0-375-41288-3

    Three Roads to Qunatum Gravity, by Lee Smolin, Basic Books (2001).
    ISBN: 0-465-07835-4

    Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy, by Kip S. Thorne, W. W. Norton & Company (1994).
    ISBN: 0-393-03505-0

    A Brief History of Time, by Stephen W. Hawking, Bantam Books (1988).
    ISBN: 0-553-053
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    Modern Theory for a general audience continued:

    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, by Sean Carroll, Dutton (2010).
    ISBN: 9780525951339

    Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe, by Lee Smolin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013).
    ISBN: 9780547511726

    Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, by Lisa Randall, Ecco (2005).
    ISBN: 0060531088

    Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang, by Paul Steinhardt and Niel Turok, Doubleday (2007).
    ISBN: 9780385509640

    The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, by Shing-tung Yau and Steve Nadis, Basic Books (2010).
    ISBN: 9780465020232
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    Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy:

    Atomic Spectra and Atomic Structure, by Gerhard Herzberg, Dover Publications (1944).
    ISBN: 0-486-60115-3

    Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy, by Alan Corney, Oxford University Press (1977).
    ISBN: 0-19-851148-5

    Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure, I. Spectra of Diatomic Molecules, by Gerhard Herzberg, D. Van Nostrand (1950).

    Microwave Spectroscopy by C. H. Townes and A. L. Schawlow, McGraw-Hill (1955).
    ISBN: 0-486-61798-X
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    History and Philosophy of Science:

    The Ascent of Man, by J. Bronowski, Little, Brown and Company (1973).
    ISBN: 0-316-10930-4

    The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself, by Daniel J. Boorstin, Random House (1983).

    The World of Physics: A Small Library of the Literature of Physics from Antiquity to the Present, by Jefferson Hane Weaver, Simon and Schuster (1987).

    Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, by Peter Godfrey-Smith, The University of Chicago Press (2003).
    ISBN: 0-226-30063-3

    The Logic of Scientific Discovery (Routledge Classics), by Karl Popper, Routledge (2002).
    ISBN: 0-415-27844-9

    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Second Edition, by Thomas S. Kuhn, The University of Chicago Press (1970).
    ISBN: 0-226-45803-2
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    Gravity:

    Gravitation, by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, John Archibald Wheeler, W. H. Freeman and Company (1973).
    ISBN: 0-7167-0334-3
    Advanced treatment.


    General Physics:

    Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher, by Richard P. Feynman, Edited by Robert B. Leighton and Matthew Sands, Basic Books (1996).
    ISBN-13: 9780201408256

    The Feynman Lectures on Physics, by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands, Addison-Wesley (1963).
    Volume I: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat.
    Volume II: Mainly Electromagnetism and Matter.
    Volume III: Quantum Mechanics.

    See also: The Feynman Lectures on Physics
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    Galaxies:

    Galactic Astronomy, by James Binney and Michael Merrifield, Princeton University Press (1998).
    ISBN13: 978-0-691-02565-0
    Advanced treatment.

    Astrophysics of Gaseous Nebulae and Active Galactic Nuclei, Second Edition, by Donald E. Osterbrock and Gary J. Ferland, University Science Books (2005).
    ISBN-13: 9781891389344
    Advanced treatment.

    Active Galactic Nuclei: From the Central Black Hole to the Galactic Environment, by Julian H. Krolik, Princeton University Press (1998).
    ISBN-13: 9780691011516
    Advanced treatment.

    Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction, Second Edition, by Linda S. Sparke and John S. Gallagher III, Cambridge University Press (2007).
    ISBN-13: 9780521855938

    The de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxies, by Ronald J. Buta, Harold G. Corwin, and Stephen C. Odewahn, Cambridge University Press (2006).
    ISBN-13: 9780521820486
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    Cosmology:

    Modern Cosmology, Second Edition, by Scott Dodelson, Elsevier (2003).
    Advanced treatment

    Introduction to Cosmology, by Barbara Ryden, Benjamin Cummings (2002).
    Advanced treatment

    An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, by Andrew Liddle, Wiley (2003).
    Advanced treatment

    Cosmological Physics, by John A. Peacock, Cambridge (1999).
    Advanced treatment

    Principles of Physical Cosmology, by P.J.E. Peebles, Princeton (1993).
    Advanced treatment

    Your Cosmic Context: Introduction to Modern Cosmology, by Todd Duncan, Craig Tyler, and Todd L. Duncan, Benjamin Cummings (2008).

    Foundations of Modern Cosmology, by John F. Hawley and Katherine A. Holcomb, Oxford (2005).

    The Physics of Microwave Background Anisotropies
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    Amateur Telescope Making:

    Standard Handbook of Telescope Making, Second Edition, by Neal E. Howard, Harper and Row (1984).
    ISBN: 0-06-181394-X

    Build Your Own Telescope, Second Edition, by Richard Berry, Willmann-Bell (1994).
    ISBN: 0-943396-42-5

    Amateur Telescope Making (Vols. 1-3), edited by Albert G. Ingalls, Willmann-Bell Inc. (1996).
    ISBN: 0-943396-48-4 (V1), 0-943396-49-2 (V2), 0-943396-50-6 (V3)

    Radio Astronomy Projects, Third Edition, by William Lonc, Radio Sky Publishing (2003).
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