Taking a Look at Introductory Planetary Books
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 76, Issue 43, page 432, 24 October 1995
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1995), Taking a Look at Introductory Planetary Books, Eos Trans. AGU, 76(43), 432–432, doi:10.1029/95EO00270.(
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Introductory astronomy courses are far more popular with students than their planetary science counterparts. This is not surprising: astronomy instructors have access to several superb texts with color illustrations, while introductory planetary science books struggle to afford even a few pages of color plates. At present the most attractive and current text material for nonscience students remains the planetary chapters in the 1995 editions of Kaler's Astronomy (Harper Collins); Morrison, Wolff, and Fraknoi's Abell's Exploration of the Universe (Saunders College Publishing); and Chaisson and McMillan's Astronomy (Prentice Hall). Even so, the few chapters in each of these texts cannot serve a complete course in planetary science. “Space” remains high on the list of student interest. There should be a good market for well-written texts for both the nonscience students meeting liberal studies science requirements and science majors interested in planetary geophysics or geology.