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Old 10-27-2012, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Books on space?

In my quest to learn more about space, I need to read some books on the topic... Any suggestions for someone with very little previous knowledge on the topic? Preferably something that my local library might have/be able to request, but throw out any suggestions you might have!!!
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you wish to learn about "space", or rather all the interesting bits between the large parts of it?

Walk into your library, find the section on Astrophysics, open them at random to somewhere in the middle, and find one that doesn't make your brain feel like it has dribbled out your ear and is making a mess of your shoes after a paragraph or two.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For a GREAT history of Space Travel (up to Shuttle), check out "Countdown" by T. A. Heppenheimer. Mr. H is really good.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Luckless, I'll do that.

And ironnerd, thanks for the suggestion, I'll see if my library has it.
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I take it that you wouldn't want to read "Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy" eh??
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A very entertaining read about what happens to humans in space: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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EgoPossum, already read it.

HurtCow, I'll check that out too, thanks, it looks like a fun read.
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"The universe in a nutshell" (illustrated) by Hawking is an excellent start. If you would like more - let me know.

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Old 10-27-2012, 10:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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"The universe in a nutshell" (illustrated) by Hawking is an excellent start. If you would like more - let me know.

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Oof, that looks like a wonderful, informative book!!! I'll certainly grab that from my library!!!

Guys, thanks so much for all of these suggestions!!!
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