With a blend of exciting discoveries and important scientific theory, this innovative and readable introduction to astronomy is ideal for anyone who wants to understand what we know about the universe, and how we know it. Each chapter starts with details of a method of jow astronomers over time have observed the world, and then uses this as a springboard to discuss what they discovered, and why this was important for understanding the cosmos. The last chapter, on dark matter, also focuses on the many things we don't yet know - reminding us that astronomy, like this book, is a fast-paced and fascinating subject.
Dr Percy Seymour did his PhD at Manchester University, on the large scale structure of the galactic magnetic field. Subsequent to that he was Senior Lecturer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwhich, and then Principal Lecturer in Astronomy at Plymouth University. He has also taught for the Open University and the University of the Third Age. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Member of the Institute of Physics, and has also been a Member of two special commissions of the International Astronomical Union - on The Interestellar Medium, and Astronomy Education. He has published over 15 academic and scientific journal articles on Astronomy. His books on astronomy, most recently Dark Matters, have been published in English and German.