History of Astronomy
by George Forbes
This book starts with the ancient Chinese, then goes through the Chaldeans, Greeks, and Arabs, then Copernicus and others of the Renaissance, and lastly the 18th and 19th centuries. There are chapters about the telescope and other instruments, the sun, moon, planets and the stars.
Home page url
Download or read it online for free here:
by John Favill - Cornell Maritime Press
Astronomy, time, the astronomical triangle, trigonometry and reliable procedures for position finding are explained. The Primer takes into account all the stumbling blocks, and moves progressively from the simple fundamentals to the complex problems.
by Eric Schulman - St. Martin's Press
From the Big Bang to the evolution of humans and the resignation of Richard Nixon, an astronomer offers a highly irreverent, entertaining, and scientifically correct overview of the most important cosmic milestones since the beginning of time.
by Claus Tøndering
An overview of the Christian, Hebrew, Persian, and Islamic calendars in common use. It gives a historical background for the Christian calendar, plus an overview of the French Revolutionary calendar, the Maya calendar, and the Chinese calendar.
by Dylan Steele (ed.) - NASA
From planets in our own solar system to snapshots from a time when our universe was very young, these images are presented according to their distance. Along with companion descriptions, the 25 images highlight the telescope's amazing capabilities.