# Introductory Astronomy Videos

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# Textbooks to Learn Astronomy

**Amateur Astronomy**- A Dictionary of Astronomy by Ridpath
- Guide to the Stars Planisphere by Graun
- Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas by Sinnott
- NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Dickinson
- Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope by Consolmagno and Davis
- The Backyard Astronomer's Guide by Dickinson and Dyer
- Practical Astronomy with your Calculator by Duffett-Smith
- Handbook of CCD Astronomy by Howell
- The Sky is Your Laboratory: Advanced Astronomy Projects for Amateurs by Buchheim
- Observing Variable Stars, Novae and Supernovae by North and James
- Cataclysmic Variable Stars - How and Why they Vary by Hellier
- Spherical Astronomy by Green
- The Man Who Sold the Milky Way: A Biography of Bart Bok by Levy
- The Milky Way by Bart J. Bok

**Undergraduate Introductory Astronomy**- OpenStax
*Astronomy*: This is a growing and new standard for the undergraduate world. - Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe by Chaisson and McMillan
- Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy by Prather, Slater, Adams and Brissenden
- Investigating Astronomy by Slater and Freedman
- In Quest Of The Universe 7th Edition by Koupelis
- The Milky Way by Bart J. Bok

- OpenStax
**Astrophysics**- An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by Carroll and Ostlie
- Radiative Processes in Astrophysics by Rybicki and Lightman
- Allen's Astrophysical Quantities by Cox
- Astrophysics I: Stars by Bowers
- Astrophysics II: Interstellar Matter and Galaxies by Bowers
- Stars and Relativity by Zel'dovich and Novikov
- High-Energy Astrophysics by Melia
- Gamma-Ray Bursts: The brightest explosions in the Universe by Vedrenne and Atteia
- Galactic Astronomy by Binney

**Solar System**- An Introduction to the Solar System by Rothery, McBride and Gilmour
- An Introduction to Astrobiology by Rothery, Gilmour and Sephton

**Physics Core**- Physics, Volume 1 by Resnick, Halliday and Krane
- The Physics Companion by Fischer-Cripps
- The Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas by Woan
- Classical Mechanics by Taylor
- An Introduction to Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements by Taylor
- Conquering the Physics GRE by Kahn and Anderson

**Electromagnetism**- Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths
- A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations by Fleisch
- Classical Electrodynamics by Jackson

**Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics**- Thermodynamics by Fermi
- Understanding Thermodynamics by Van Ness
- Introductory Statistical Mechanics by Bowley and Sanchez
- An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Schroeder

**Quantum Mechanics**- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths
- Principles of Quantum Mechanics by Shankar
- Lectures on Quantum Mechanics by Dirac
- Introduction to Elementary Particles by Griffiths
- The Classical Theory of Fields, Fourth Edition: Volume 2 by Landau and Lifshitz

**Mathematics**- The Whole Craft of Number by Campbell
- Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson (*top notch!)
- Student Mathematics Handbook and Integral Table for Calculus by Bradley and Smith
- Calculus: The Classic Edition by Swokowski

**Cosmology**- The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe by Weinberg
- Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction by Coles
- Introduction to Cosmology by Ryden
- An Introduction to Modern Cosmology by Liddle
- Calibrating the Cosmos: How Cosmology Explains Our Big Bang Universe by Levin
- Foundations of Modern Cosmology by Hawley and Holcomb
- Cosmology: The Science of the Universe by Harrison
- An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology by Jones and Lambourne
- Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology by Schneider
- The Oxford Companion to Cosmology by Liddle and Loveday

**Relativity**- Special Relativity (The M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series) by French
- A First Course in General Relativity by Schutz
- Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity by Hartle
- General Relativity by Wald
- Gravitation by Misner, Thorne and Wheeler
- Modern Cosmology by Dodelson
- The Cosmic Microwave Background by Durrer
- The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time by Hawking, Ellis, Landshoff, Nelson, Sciama, and Weinberg