popular astronomy book recommendations

On September 16, 2020, during the Recreational Astronomy Night for the Toronto Centre, Joel Dick showed his bookshelf and provided 30 (plus) popular astronomy book recommendations. 

See Joel's presentation within the YouTube video.

Joel provided his presentation slide deck. It contains his recommended titles, with cover images, and some additional words. Download the deck in PDF format (3.3 MB).

Below, we share the complete list:

  • Weir, A. (2012). The Martian.
  • Rey. H. A. (1997). The Stars: A New Way to See Them.
  • Dickinson, T. (2006). NightWatch.
  • Consolmagno, G., & Davis D. M. (2000). Turn Left at Orion.
  • Edgar, J. S. (Ed.) (2020). Observer’s Handbook 2020.
  • Hall, A. (2020). Budget Astrophotography.
  • Hall, A. (2020). 50 Amazing Things To See With Your New Telescope.
  • Hall, A. (2020). 50 Best Astrophotography Targets For Beginners.
  • Covington, M. A. (2007). Digital SLR Astrophotography.
  • Woodhouse, C. (2017). The Astrophotography Manual.
  • Bryson, B. (2003). A Short History of Nearly Everything.
  • Ferris, T. (1988). Coming of Age in the Milky Way.
  • Ferris, T. (2002). Seeing in the Dark.
  • Ferris, T. (1997). The Whole Shebang.
  • Ferris, T. (1977). The Red Limit.
  • Singh, S. (2004). Big Bang.
  • Singh, S. (1999). The Code Book.
  • Singh, S. (1997). Fermat’s Enigma.
  • Singh, S. (2013). The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
  • Koestler. A. (1959). The Sleepwalkers.
  • Boorstin, D. J. (1983). The Discoverers.
  • Sagan, C. (2013). Cosmos.
  • Sagan, C. (1994). Pale Blue Dot.
  • Sagan, C., & Druyan, A. (1992). Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.
  • Sagan, C., & Druyan, A. (1985). Comet.
  • Sagan, C. (1997). Billions and Billion.
  • deGrasse Tyson, N. (2017). Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
  • Gamow, G. (1947). One Two Three… Infinity!.
  • Hawking, S. (1996). The Illustrated A Brief History of Time.
  • Hawking, S. (2001). The Universe In a Nutshell.
  • Hawking, S., & Mlodinow, L. (2010). The Grand Design.
  • Hawking, S. (1993). Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays.
  • Greene. B. (1999). The Elegant Universe.
  • Greene. B. (2003). The Fabric of the Universe.
  • Greene. B. (2011). The Hidden Reality.
  • Greene. B. (2020). Until the End of Time.
  • Carroll, S. (2010). From Eternity to Here.
  • Carroll, S. (2012). The Particle at the End of the Universe.
  • Carroll, S. (2016). The Big Picture.
  • Carroll, S. (2019). Something Deeply Hidden.
  • Kaku, M. (1994). Hyperspace.
  • Kaku, M. (2004). Parallel Worlds.
  • Kaku, M. (1987). Beyond Einstein.
  • Kaku, M. (2004). Einstein’s Cosmos.
  • Thorne, K. S. (1994). Black Holes & Time Warps.
  • Weinberg, S. (1977). The First Three Minutes.
  • Smolin, L. (2000). Three Roads to Quantum Gravity.
  • Tegmark, M. (2014). Our Mathematical Universe.
  • Rees, M. (1999). Just Six Numbers.
  • Deutsch, M. (1996). The Fabric of Reality.
  • Ward, P. D., & Brownlee, D.(2000). Rare Earth.
  • Bennett. J. O., & Shostak, S. (2016). Life in the Universe.
  • Shubin, N. (2013). The Universe Within.
  • Shubin, N. (2008). Your Inner Fish.
  • Sobel, D. (1995). Longitude.
  • Sobel, D. (1999). Galileo’s Daughter.
  • Sobel, D. (2016). The Glass Universe.
  • Sobel, D. (2011). A More Perfect Heaven.
  • Sobel, D. (2005). The Planets.
  • Alder, K. (2001). The Measure of All Things.
  • Lewin, W. (2011). For the Love of Physics.
  • Overbye, D. (1991). Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos.
  • Baron, D. (2017). American Eclipse.
  • Levenson, T. (2015). The Hunt for Vulcan.
  • Isaacson, W. (2007). Einstein.