Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Our Universe Revealed

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Our Universe Revealed

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Our Universe Revealed

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By E.L. Strauss. $12.99. 48 pp. Thinxygen. ISBN: 9780620687102.

This e-book is meant for high schoolers, but some terms and concepts (e.g., star populations, spectral classes, Hertzsprung-Russel diagrams) seem beyond the reach of a typical high school student, who probably will not have been exposed to them before.

Among the book's eight chapters are "Stargazing," "Beginning of the Cosmos," "Structure of the Universe," "Cosmic Inhabitants," "Relativity," and "Bringing It All Together." Some pretty weighty topics are presented in only 55 electronic pages. As a review or a starter for the topic of the cosmos, this book might work well. Teachers and readers in general should not expect that the material is covered in any depth, although diverse topics are presented, which is good for review or introduction.

Using split-page formatting with words and images, the graphics tend to draw a reader to the written information. …

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