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Encyclopedia of Astronomy & Astrophysics [Library Binding]

Paul Murdin
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Jan 2001
A collaboration between the Institute of Physics Publishing and Macmillan Reference Ltd, this work presents an extensive and comprehensive reference on astronomy and astrophysics. It has 800 contributors, over 2500 entries, is extensively cross-referenced - over 7500 links, and has extensive indexes - up to 12000 index entries. It should be of interest to undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and professionals, as well as to committed amateurs, librarians and lay people.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Library Binding: 2500 pages
  • Publisher: Grove's Dictionaries (Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561592684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561592685
  • Product Dimensions: 44.4 x 31.1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,673,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Murdin has worked as an astronomer in the USA, Australia, England, Scotland and Spain, where he led the operation of the Anglo-Dutch Isaac Newton Group of telescopes. He has been a research scientist (studying supernovae, black holes and neutron stars) and a science administrator for the UK Government and the Royal Astronomical Society. He works at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, England, and is Visiting Professor at John Moores University, Liverpool. He has had a secondary career as a broadcaster and commentator, and is a talented lecturer and writer on astronomy. He has been honoured in the UK by the Queen for his services to astronomy.

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..."The Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics must be one of the grandest reference works in science today...It is a vast achievement, occupying four volumes and 3600 pages, with 700 main articles and a slightly greater number of short entries...Paul Murdin and his team of contributors are to be congratulated on a major achievement..." Physics World Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics must be one of the grandest reference works in science today...It is a vast achievement, occupying four volumes and 3600 pages, with 700 main articles and a slightly greater number of short entries...Paul Murdin and his team of contributors are to be congratulated on a major achievement..." Physics World "It's refreshing to find a product that exceeds your expectations . . .this encyclopaedia sets a new standard for astronomical publishing . . . it's technical and literary quality is superb . . . this encyclopaedia - unlike any other similar work in astronomy - has the potential to never go out of date. . .Can you fall in love with an encyclopaedia? I have several times. And I'm in love again. Leif Robinson, Sky and Telescope efreshing to find a product that exceeds your expectations . . .this encyclopaedia sets a new standard for astronomical publishing . . . it's technical and literary quality is superb . . . this encyclopaedia - unlike any other similar work in astronomy - has the potential to never go out of date. . .Can you fall in love with an encyclopaedia? I have several times. And I'm in love again. Leif Robinson, Sky and Telescope "The Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics is truly a landmark publication." Review from Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin cyclopedia of Astronomy andAstrophysics is truly a landmark publication." Review from Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin "a valuable set of educational material that should not be missing from any University and Research Institute" M Kontizas, European Astronomical Society "one of the grandest reference works in science today" Michael Rowan-Robinson, Physics World "this is a work which no astronomical library should be without" Robin Scagell, Popular Astronomy, April 2001 "Any university offering astronomy courses should certainly have at least on set" Ian D Howarth "this encyclopedia sets a new standard for astronomical publishing" Leif J Robinson, Sky & Telescope" . . . the encyclopaedia offers an overwhelming amount of material that's really just too interesting! . . . the standard is typically such that the great majority of the material should be readily accessble to an undergraduate, or serious amateur, while enough detail is given for the encyclopaedia to be a valuable tool for the research scientist. . . In my view, purchasers will certainly get value for their money. These volumes represent the culmination of an endeavour of magisterial proportions, oe which succeeds in providing a reference work of unprecedented breadth, depth and authority, and which is accessible and useful at a wide range of levels. . . If you're not sure if it's worth it, lobby your local public library to but a set; you'll be doing them a favour, and I think you'll be favourably impressed. Ian D Howarth in The Observatory "This encyclopedia provides a reference text with no rival in astrophysics and astronomy...It's editorial team and advisory board comprise of a large number of distinguished and experienced astronomers andastrophysicists and it does not take long to realise that the encyclopedia is an authoritative, well written and well informed piece of work. It is not hard to say that this is a very valuable addition to a library. Every department should have access to it. With its extensive entries and essays on such a broad range of topics, the browsability of these volumes makes them of interest to a very wide variety of audiences. Many students will find it exciting to be able to access such subject depth in a non-textbook format." Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, vol 3, issue 1 June 2002 able set of educational material that should not be missing from any University and Research Institute" M Kontizas, European Astronomical Society "one of the grandest reference works in science today" Michael Rowan-Robinson, Physics World "this is a work which no astronomical library should be without" Robin Scagell, Popular Astronomy, April 2001 "Any university offering astronomy courses should certainly have at least on set" Ian D Howarth "this encyclopedia sets a new standard for astronomical publishing" Leif J Robinson, Sky & Telescope" . . . the encyclopaedia offers an overwhelming amount of material that's really just too interesting! . . . the standard is typically such that the great majority of the material should be readily accessble to an undergraduate, or serious amateur, while enough detail is given for the encyclopaedia to be a valuable tool for the research scientist. . . In my view, purchasers will certainly get value for their money. These volumes represent the culmination of an endeavour of magisterial proportions, oe which succeeds in providing a reference work of unprecedented breadth, depth and authority, and which is accessible and useful at a wide range of levels. . . If you're not sure if it's worth it, lobby your local public library to but a set; you'll be doing them a favour, and I think you'll be favourably impressed. Ian D Howarth in The Observatory "This encyclopedia provides a reference text with no rival in astrophysics and astronomy...It's editorial team and advisory board comprise of a large number of distinguished and experienced astronomers and astrophysicists and it does not take long to realise that the encyclopedia is an authoritative, well written and well informed piece of work. It is not hard to say that this is a very valuable addition to a library. Every department should have access to it. With its extensive entries and essays on such a broad range of topics, the browsability of these volumes makes them of interest to a very wide variety of audiences. Many students will find it exciting to be able to access such subject depth in a non-textbook format." Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, vol 3, issue 1 June 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

PAUL MURDIN is Head of Astronomy Division, Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and Director, Science and Microgravity British National Space Centre. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent technical reference 7 Feb 2001
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This is an excellent source for astonomomer. A valuable reference. Any interested in interplantetary astronomy should buy this reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master Piece 14 May 2001
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Format:Library Binding
It is the greattest collection on astronomical sciences I have ever seen. These 4 volumes contains 3670 pages, thousands of articles, written by lots of contributors. You can find handly information about astronomy and astrophysics in this encyclopedia. It is a really master piece of astronomical work, covers 30 subject areas. If it could contain information on recent developments in cosmology would be excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any student, scholor or fan of Astronomy 11 Sep 2010
By TexasCowboy - Published on Amazon.com
This is literally an encyclopedic work containing articles on every topic relating to Astronomy and Astrophysics. With contributions from over 8,000 astronomers and astrophysicists, this title is a must have for any serious collection of Astronomy materials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any student, scholor or fan of Astronomy 11 Sep 2010
By TexasCowboy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is literally an encyclopedic work containing articles on every topic relating to Astronomy and Astrophysics. With contributions from over 8,000 astronomers and astrophysicists, this title is a must have for any serious collection of Astronomy materials.
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