Are you looking for a new Astronomy or Science book?
Maybe curious about the next title to borrow from the ASV Library
Do you need an item for the Birthday or Xmas present list on the fridge?

Here are some recommendations to get you started
Please send me your recommendation for addition to the list!

We live in an age where so much information is just a click away. Therefore, much our reading comes from short articles that are just a few pages long. Which is great for a news article, a daily update, or new science discovery. However, when a short articles piques our interest an Internet search often only finds more short articles. Leaving us more thirsty than when we started.

That's when a good book that dives deeper into a subject can be a treasure trove. A good writer who is close to the subject at hand, typically working with others in the field, who includes informed views of colleges not available elsewhere. A good book tells the detailed stories behind the headline story. The history, the human endeavor to find out more, and why that is so important.

Context teaches us the value of knowledge, which feeds the garden of our sometimes abstract minds.



ASV YearbookASV Yearbook 2020

Supplied in hard copy to all ASV members as part of thier membership and is available to download in .pdf form. So it may sound like there is no need to include it here. However I do so to encourage everyone to have a good read it & more importantly actively use it - I do.

Now in it's 57th year each editor has brought something new to this publication. Over the decades it has moved from it's original technical format with tables of astronomical information to more rounded and readable resource that reflects the southern hemisphere location. Each year current editor Jim Katsifolis calls for content from the membership to include within the pages which give it the unique flavour of the Astronomical Society of Victoria.

There are too many features to list here. I highly recommend you have good browse through, and then put it into your observing kit so you can whip it out when observing.


Astronomy Yearbook, Quasar PublishingAstronomy Yearbook Quasar

This yearbook has been designed for anyone who looks at the night sky whether you are using just your eyes, a pair of binoculars or a telescope. The book has something for everyone from the basic novice up to the advanced amateur astronomer

This includes those with a casual interest who might just want to know, "what is that bright star next to the Moon?"
This book and a good planisphere are powerful tools for those first learning their way around the sky.


Astronomy HacksAstronomy Hacks

Written by the husband and wife team of Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, who each have decades of observing experience, Astronomy Hacks goes through 65 detailed tips and strategies to help amateur astronomers get the most out of their equipment and valuable and all-too-rare observing time. While the term 'hack' sometimes implies some nefarious activity, the authors reclaim the original meaning of the word as a strategy or technique for managing one's time or activities more efficiently.   Recommended by Chris R



A short history of nearly everything, Bill BrysonHistory of Everything

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.

The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.



[ many more to come ]