The main purpose of this book is to serve as a university textbook for a first course in astronomy. However, we believe that the audience will also include many serious ama teurs, who often find the popular texts too trivial. The lack of a good handbook for am ateurs has become a problem lately, as more and more people are buying personal com puters and need exact, but comprehensible, mathematical formalism for their programs. The reader of this book is assumed to have only a standard high-school knowledge of mathematics and physics (as they are taught in Finland); everything more advanced is usually derived step by step from simple basic principles. The mathematical background needed includes plane trigonometry, basic differential and integral calculus, and (only in the chapter dealing with celestial mechanics) some vector calculus. Some mathematical concepts the reader may not be familiar with are briefly explained in the appendices or can be understood by studying the numerous exercises and examples. However, most of the book can be read with very little knowledge of mathematics, and even if the reader skips the mathematically more involved sections, (s)he should get a good overview of the field of astronomy. This book has evolved in the course of many years and through the work of several authors and editors. The first version consisted of lecture notes by one of the editors (Oja).

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This well balanced and comprehensive book can serve both as an introduction to astronomy and astrophysics for science majors and a reference for practicing astronomers, for whom it will provide the needed background to understand material outside their range of expertise. Topics covered include: spherical astronomy; basic astronomical observations; radiative processes; celestial mechanics; the Solar System; stellar spectra, structure and evolution; the interstellar medium galaxies; and cosmology. Appendices provide some of the mathematical methods used in the book as well as physical and astronomical data and other useful information. "No one involved in astronomy teaching or research would want to be without a copy." # *The Physics Teacher#*"Offers a range of expertise and authority impossible for a single-author text..." # *Nature*# "Fundamental ideas are developed clearly and applied to real problems, and solutions are worked out; this is the book's strength." # *Sky* *& Telescope*#

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