Additional Sources

Unless otherwise noted, the level is appropriate for middle-school students and above. Popular books and textbooks are being published at such frequency that any bibliography is quickly out of date. The references that are listed here serve as a general view of what is usually available.


Levy, David H. Skywatching (A Nature Company Guide). New York:Time-Life Books, 1995.

Bite-size chunks of information on astronomy including historical overview, astronomers today, skywatching guide with constellations etc., and descriptions of astronomical objects including pulsars.

DeVorkin, David, ed. Beyond Earth : Mapping the Universe. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and National Geographic Society, 2002.

A lavishly illustrated history of cosmology from ancient times to the present, particularly rich in information about instruments. By a leading historian of modern astronomy.

 Ferris, Timothy. The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s). New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Little on pulsars, but this is among the best-written of the popular-level descriptions of the history and status of modern cosmology, by a premier science journalist. (Note however that the field advances so quickly that within a few years all books get partly out of date.)

Kaufmann, William J. III, and Roger Freedman. Universe. New York: W.H. Freeman, 5th ed., 1998.

Pasachoff, Jay. Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 6th ed., 2002.

These are two of a number of readable and well-illustrated textbooks designed for introductory college astronomy courses, and accessible to an advanced high school student with a strong interest in science. Pulsars are discussed in chap. 23 of Kaufmann/Freedman and chapter 30 of Pasachoff.

Lyne, Andrew G., and Francis Graham-Smith. Pulsar Astronomy (Cambridge Astrophysics Series, Vol 16). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 1998

An authoritative technical work for advanced science students and practicing researchers, with a chapter on the history of pulsar discovery.


To keep abreast of the latest discoveries in astronomy, consult recent issues of Sky and Telescope and Science News, both available in most libraries.