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The Handy Astronomy Answer Book
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Charles Liu is a professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, an associate with the Hayden Planetarium, and department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He received the 2001 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for his book "One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos." He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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"True to its title . . . all that and more. Amazingly brief entries cover enormous topics." --"Seattle Times" "If you have questions about space or astronomy, this book will provide what you want to know."" --San Antonio Express-News" "A valuable resource that can be used by both teachers and students as a reference or read from cover to cover." --National Science Teachers Association "Poses hundreds of heady questions about such matters as the Big Bang, sunspots, black holes, quarks, neutrinos and Carl Sagan. [A] handy reference . . . accessible writing and careful structure [convey] the pleasures of science and discovery." "--Kirkus Reviews" "Will no doubt end up a dog-eared and well-used treasure trove of cosmological curiosities sure to please anyone who ever looked up and wondered in awe about our place in the bigger scheme of things." --curledupkids.com "Written by Liu (astrophysics, CUNY, Staten Island), an award-winning writer on astronomy, the book delivers on the promises of "Your Smart Reference" on the topic. A logical addition to the publisher's "Answer Book" series, this engaging and entertaining publication will appeal to students and adults alike." --"School Library Journal" "Concise reference explaining all manner of space topics." " --Dallas Morning News" "The range of topics [this book] presents is vast and comprehensive, with many fascinating informational tidbits . . . Stimulating and useful, whether one dips through its pages haphazardly or reads it cover to cover." --"Book Review Digest" "Written in understandable language, but the answers are not over-simplified and provide sufficient detail for understanding the concept or feature described, making this book appropriate for readers for high school to college." --A"merican Reference Books Annual" "Written by Liu (astrophysics, CUNY, Staten Island), an award-winning writer on astronomy, the book delivers on the promises of "Your Smart Reference" on the topic. A logical addition to the publisher's "Answer Book" series, this engaging and entertaining publication will appeal to students and adults alike." --"School Library Journal"

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