Spherical Astronomy book

Spherical Astronomy by Robin M Green claims to be a updated version of a previous book of the same title that was the standard introductory text on positional astronomy.  The claim seems sound.  After my math refresher books, I started it again.  This time, some concepts started to make sense after a couple of readings.  But then the book went deeper and I started to get lost again.  So, I ended up skimming the book.

My long-term goal is to return to his book again but I think I have enough theory to get back to the astronomical calculations and then to observational astronomy.  But, first more work on the Astronomy Calculator.


Math Refresher Books

When I started the first page of Spherical Astronmy by Robin M Green, I realized I couldn’t remember any of my high school math.  Wow, I remember being so good at math!  I took AP Calculus in high school and know can’t remember what a cosine is.

So, I searched around Amazon and found a great series of books called Master Math by Debra Anne Ross.  I got the books on Basic Math & Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.  I started reading them with the intent of reading the entire books.  But, after a while, I realized that most of this I would probably forget again and I didn’t know which parts applied to astronomy.  So, I ended up skimming them.  Winking smile

I also got one of other books called Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell by George F. Simmons.  Though the book was really short, it was really to the point and made for a nice summary.  This will provide a good basis for my work on the Astronomy Calculator.