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Astronomy Encyclopedia [Hardcover]

Leiff J. Robinson
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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195218337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195218336
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 22.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read. 18 Feb 2003
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I have quite a collection now of astronomical books and I am happily adding this to the top of the pile. Throughout the book there is a balanced amount of information on anything you can think of, from black holes to our moon they simply have everything. I was quite shocked at the amount of information there is, normally you may see a paragraph of most things and maybe a small story on a few other - e.g planets and moons. But in this book there is at least 2 paragraphs of information on whatever you are reading about. It is filled with pictures so is an ideal gift for a child - probably above 11.
The book includes pictures, tables, star maps and charts, graphs and a chunk load of information. If you are either a novice who would like to read about astronomy or a rocket scientist for NASA, this is a must buy. Not only is it an interesting read but you can just have it handy as a little (meaning large) handy dictionary.
I highly recommend this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do as it is full of useful information. Be careful if buying as a gift though - as it isn't exactly in laymens terms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reference 19 Dec 2003
I had been looking for an astronomy encyclopaedia for some time, as I am studying for an Open University astrophysics degree, when I happened upon this excellent work. This book is simply fantastic - every entry is clearly written, highly accurate, and bang up-to-date at the time of its publication. The book is lavishly illustrated (mainly in colour). It is appropriate for the general reader, the amateur astronomer, the undergrad who wants a reliable reference source, and anyone with an interest in the myriad of curiosities that make up our Universe. Hats off to the authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has everything you would want to know. 27 Dec 2002
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This book is state of the art in information. It can answer any possible question you can ask about astronomy. It is a thick heavy hard covered book. I spent two hours just reading the captions of over 500 pictures and learned things I never thought about. Get it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, but full of errors 22 April 2003
By A. R. Mccleary - Published on
Oxford University Press has published a visually spectacular and comprehensive astronomy encyclopedia for the lay-person. They have made liberal use of recent Hubble Space Telescope images to produce a truly beautiful book. However, the number of errors ranging from mistaken numbers, to misattributed photographs, to confused sentences is surprising. Perhaps a second edition will clean up these problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive Book 10 Jun 2006
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A great reference book for anyone's home library. Beautifully illustrated and well indexed subject matter. Found only a few less than obvious errors and understandably a little out-of-date but given its broadly covered topical nature and huge page content it is a magnificent collaborative production. A very handy reference for teachers or anyone with an interest in astronomy.
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